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Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)

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An English general finds himself with a hypochondriac for a wife, a French mistress and a penchant for buxom chambermaids.

In one of his most impressive performances, Peter Sellers plays retired General Leo Fitzjohn, unhappily married to Emily (Margaret Leighton) and given a second chance at fulfilment with old flame Ghislaine (Dany Robin).

French playwright Jean Anouilh, from whose comedy the movie is derived, made despair glossily fashionable in the 1960s and director John Guillermin and writer Wolf Mankowitz transform bleak emotional undercurrents into a seductively bittersweet proposition.

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General Leo Fitzjohn
Peter Sellers
Ghislaine
Dany Robin
Emily Fitzjohn
Margaret Leighton
Robert
John Fraser
Doctor Grogan
Cyril Cusack
Estella
Prunella Scales
Sidonia
Denise Coffey
Agnes
Jean Anderson
Court Martial President
Raymond Huntley
Undertaker
Cardew Robinson
Innkeeper
John Glyn-Jones
Vicar
John Le Mesurier
Mrs Bulstrode
Vanda Godsell

Director
John Guillermin

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