The Grass Is Greener

The Grass Is Greener

Stanley Donen (1960)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Too much talk, too little action and a miscast Robert Mitchum make this a disappointing screen adaptation of Hugh and Margaret Williams's West End hit. The plot rests on the romantic complications that ensue when American multimillionaire Mitchum takes a tour of English earl Cary Grant's stately home and falls for his wife, played by Deborah Kerr. Meanwhile, family friend Jean Simmons makes a play for Grant. Director Stanley Donen, usually at home with soufflé-light comedy romance, fails to rescue this one from its all-too-evident stage origins, a leaden script and uncharacteristically flat performances from both Grant and Kerr.


An English earl is forced to open his stately home to the public to avoid going broke. When one of the tourists, an American tycoon, takes an interest in his wife, the peer enlists the aid of an old flame to save his marriage. Romantic comedy, starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons.

Cast & Crew

Victor Rhyall Cary Grant
Hilary Rhyall Deborah Kerr
Charles Delacro Robert Mitchum
Hattie Durant Jean Simmons
Trevor Sellers Moray Watson
Director Stanley Donen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD