Cinema: Outfoxed

The Honey Pot is yet another modern-day version of Ben Jonson's classic, Volpone. Written in 1606, the Elizabethan comedy chronicles the rise and fall of a wily miser who pretends to be dying in order to trick his equally greedy friends into bringing him costly deathbed gifts. Each donor believes that he will be Volpone's sole beneficiary—a notion ironically dispelled when the miser's servant writes his own name into his boss's blank will.

In this adaptation by Writer-Director Joseph Mankiewicz, Volpone becomes (in literal translation) Mr. Fox, a world-weary voluptuary (Rex Harrison) who...

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