Theater: Sex as a Trinomial Theorem

The Complaisant Lover (by Graham Greene) contends that love and marriage do not mix, but that husbands and lovers can be good mixers. The husband in this diverting trinomial theorem is a dentist (Michael Redgrave) who has drifted out of the sex habit. The lover (Richard Johnson) is a bookshop owner who collects other men's wives like first editions. The wife (Googie Withers) is a happy mother of two who embarks on an illicit affair with the booksy chap to balance her emotional diet.

The lover turns jealously possessive and deliberately tips off the husband. Instead of suing for divorce, the...

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