Cinema: Prudence and the Pill

This cretinous comedy is 92 minutes long and does not have a single certifiable laugh.

The labyrinthine complications of the script use birth control pills for comic fuel the way French farce uses bedrooms. Gerald Hardcastle (David Niven), an elegant British banker with a cool million and a cooler mistress (Irina Demick), decides that he wants out of his dreary twelve-year marriage. Knowing that his wife Prudence (Deborah Kerr) has hardly been faithful herself, he substitutes aspirin for her birth control pills in hopes that she'll become pregnant by her lover so he...

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