Shirley MacLaine stars in this otherwise all-British comedy, written by Alec Coppel and Denis Norden and directed by Joseph McGrath.
She plays the wife of a brassiere manufacturer (Richard Attenborough), who manages to conceal her lover (James Booth), one of her husband’s employees, in the attic for three years before her husband tumbles to the situation.
This film is loosely based on a real incident. In the early 1920s, Dolly Oesterreich kept her lover, Otto Sanhuber in her attic for many years.
Her husband Fred ran a company that made aprons. Otto even moved with the couple from Milwaukee to Los Angeles to stay above his lover. Unfortunately, the real story didn’t have the happy ending of the movie.
The dialogue is a step above Benny Hill, but the performances lift it to the level of Noel Coward.
The cast features Freddie Jones, Patricia Routledge, Bob Monkhouse, William Rushton, and even – albeit briefly – John Cleese, who, defying the total absurdity of the situation, manage to elicit some laughs
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