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.
General Leo Fitzjohn
Court Martial President
John Le Mesurier