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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 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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The Years Big Put-On...And Take-Off Too! See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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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 »

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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

When Mrs Blossom meets Mr Tuttle they play a game of snooker. The last ball potted is shown, a green ball. In snooker the last ball is always black. There is no reason that they were not playing according to the rules. 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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Amusing
8 March 2001 | by diana-1See all my reviews

This light-as-a-bubble comedy annoyed me at first with its giddy farcicality but slowly won me over with the gentle wisdom at its core. Polyamory may not be for everybody, but in this story it transforms life for the three main characters: a lonely housewife, her businessman husband, and her underachieving lover. The story moves right along and takes some clever, unexpected turns before arriving at an enormous final irony. All the performances are good.

(Special note to "Zulu" fans: "Blossom" contains a few sly allusions to that great film, including scenes where James Booth shows up in a red tunic. The effect is somewhat incongruous, though, because Tuttle's voice and manner are completely unlike Hookie's.)


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