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The Millionairess Details


A beautiful and wealthy woman in the market for a husband believes she has found the right man -- only to discover he isn't especially interested, in this comedy based on a play by George Bernard Shaw. Epifania Parerga (Sophia Loren) is a woman who has inherited a vast fortune, making her the wealthiest woman on Earth. All Parerga really wants is a happy marriage, but her first stab at matrimony, with Alastair (Gary Raymond), is a disaster, and when she visits a psychiatrist in hopes of learning what she did wrong, her analyst, Dr. Adrian (Dennis Price), attempts to seduce her. Parerga is nearly ready to give up when she meets Dr. Ahmed el Kabir) (Peter Sellers), a shy and well-mannered Indian physician who operates a clinic for the underprivileged. While Kabir is personable, he seems to have no interest in Parerga's money and is unfazed by her beauty; convinced he can love her simply for who she is, Parerga decides Kabir is the man for her. However hard Parerga tries to throw herself at him, Kabir refuses to budge, and even after she bankrolls a new clinic for him, he does not respond to her advances. Eventually, Parerga offers Kabir a challenge -- she bets him that he can't triple his profits at his new clinic in three months, while he in turn wagers her that she cannot live without money for the same period of time. A spin-off of the The Millionairess was a novelty song called "Goodness Gracious Me", in which Sellers and Loren duetting as a doctor from India and his alluring patient; a recording of the tune became a hit single in the United Kingdom. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Sophia Loren
as Epifania Parerga
Peter Sellers
as Dr. Ahmed el Kabir/Parerga
Alastair Sim
as Julius Sagamore
Vittorio De Sica
as Joe
Dennis Price
as Dr. Adrian Bland
Gary Raymond
as Alastair
Alfie Bass
as Fish Curer
Miriam Karlin
as Maria
Noel Purcell
as Prof. Merton
Virginia Vernon
as Polly Smith
Pauline Jameson
as Muriel Pilkington
Graham Stark
as Butler
Wally Patch
as Whelk Man
Diana Coupland
as Nurse
Basil Hoskins
as 1st Secretary
Willoughby Goddard
as President
Davy Kaye
as Tommy True
Gordon Sterne
as 2nd Secretary
Eleanor Summerfield
as Mrs. Wetherby
Davy Kaye
as Tommy True
Willoughby Goddard
as President
Gordon Sterne
as 2nd Secretary


Anthony Asquith
Pierre Rouve
Jack Hildyard
Georges Van Parys
Composer (Music Score)
Anthony Harvey
Paul Sheriff
Production Designer
Harry White
Art Director
Pamela Cornell
Set Designer
Pierre Balmain
Costume Designer