Even for the never-never land of high chic melodrama the film inhabits, the tale of a woman who, unprepared, inherits control of her father’s vast pharmaceutical empire contains wild implausibilities.
Flashback reveal papa’s medical genius in a Jewish Polish slum. Audience is then asked to swallow premise that, 40-odd years later, his family, making up the company’s scheming board of directors, contains Italian and French upper-crusters as well as a member of the British Parliament.
This is Terence Young’s first completed film since The Klansman five years earlier and he’s clearly out of practice, as his performers range unevenly in tone from the comic (Omar Sharif, Irene Papas, Gert Frobe) to the merely drab (James Mason, Michelle Phillips, Maurice Ronet).
Paramount/Geria. Director Terence Young; Producer David V. Picker, Sidney Beckerman; Screenplay Laird Koenig; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Bud Molin; Music Ennio Morricone; Art Director Ted Haworth
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 116 MIN.
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