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The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom (1968)

Harriet Blossom, the lonely wife of a workaholic brassiere manufacturer, breaks her sewing machine and ends up in bed with the repairman, a mechanic from one of her husband's factories. The... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph McGrath

Writers:

Josef Shaftel (short story), Alec Coppel (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Harriet Blossom
Richard Attenborough ... Robert Blossom
James Booth ... Ambrose Tuttle
Freddie Jones ... Det. Sgt. Dylan
William Rushton William Rushton ... Dylan's assistant
Bob Monkhouse ... Dr. Taylor
Patricia Routledge ... Miss Reece
John Bluthal ... Judge
Harry Towb ... Doctor
Sandra Caron Sandra Caron ... Pet shop assistant
Sheila Steafel ... Pet shop saleslady (as Sheila Staefel)
Frank Thornton ... Factory manager
Barry Humphries ... Art dealer
John Cleese ... Post Office Clerk
Bruce Lacey Bruce Lacey ... Musketeer
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Storyline

Harriet Blossom, the lonely wife of a workaholic brassiere manufacturer, breaks her sewing machine and ends up in bed with the repairman, a mechanic from one of her husband's factories. The man, Ambrose, is supposed to leave during the night, but Harriet finds him the next day still hiding in the attic. Harriet lets her new lover stay in the attic for years, managing to keep it all secret from her husband and from the detectives investigating the sudden disappearance of a certain Mr. Ambrose Tuttle. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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She has a husband...and a boy-friend in the attic! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un marido de repuesto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Sir Richard Attenborough (Robert Blossom) directed Shirley MacLaine (Harriet Blossom) in Closing the Ring (2007). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Robert is conducting the Brass Band, a picture of a Mexican (Mr. Tuttle dressed-up) and a dog (Dinky) is visible. These two characters don't appear until later in the picture and Robert only sees the picture for the 'first time' at Mrs.Blossom's picture exhibition after that. See more »

Connections

Featured in Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way That I Live
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Music by Riz Ortolani
Performed by Jack Jones
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A wonderful English comedy farce.
13 May 2009 | by d_maccarterSee all my reviews

In 1968 I worked as a projectionist. I saw thousands of movies. Memories of this one, among few, have stuck with me for all these years.

Richard Attenborough at his "dry" best. Shirley Maclain at her most sexy and appealing as a bored housewife. James Booth, her "house guest" is a charmer. Along with a host of other fascinating characters an extraordinary look at the 60s English culture and sense of humor.

Keeping your paramour in the attic for the occasional tryst whilst hubby is off making brassieres. It makes for great comedy If you get a chance to see this.....do it. It is worth your time and you will enjoy it.


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