The Honey Pot (1967)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Crime


The Honey Pot (1967) Poster

In Venice, a millionaire hires an actor to help him prank three greedy ex-girlfriends into thinking he's dying and leaving his fortune to one of them.


6.9/10
1,937

Photos

  • Susan Hayward in The Honey Pot (1967)
  • Capucine in The Honey Pot (1967)
  • Edie Adams in The Honey Pot (1967)
  • Maggie Smith in The Honey Pot (1967)
  • Edie Adams and Cliff Robertson in The Honey Pot (1967)
  • Rex Harrison in The Honey Pot (1967)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


15 June 2007 | eschetic
9
| Modern twist on Volpone glows
Coming at the end of a prosperous string of all-star mystery films, THE HONEY POT suffered more from a lame title and timing than anything on screen when first released (an even worse title, "Up Pops Murder" didn't help when the film was first released to television).

The typically superb script and direction from Joseph L. Mankiewicz, from a play by mystery writer Frederick Knott, inspired in turn by Ben Johnson's classic play, VOLPONE, THE HONEY POT could not have had a better cast with Rex Harrison (at the top of his game) as the supposedly super-wealthy Cecil Fox mentally tilting with his secretary, Cliff Robertson, and a nosy nurse/love interest for Robertson, a very young Maggie Smith (younger viewers may be interested to see this very different performance from HARRY POTTER's Professor McGonagall - as well as her amazing Desdemona opposite Olivier's OTHELLO) and a trio of ex-loves, Edie Adams, Cappucine and Susan Hayward all in Fox's beautiful Venetian palatzo (the exterior shots are as gorgeous and the interiors).

A death happens (accident? perhaps murder?) and a Venetian police inspector, Adolfo Celi, enters the picture (lovely side note as his family at home is enraptured with PERRY MASON on American TV more than his real-life work) and the film starts to leave Ben Johnson's Volpone behind and delve into more complex games.

To be frank, this film has long been among my favorites - I have been accused of teaching an entire university course on Mystery Writers just to develop an audience for it. Showing the film at the conclusion of the course, after considering the progression of great mystery writing from Poe to Conan Doyle to Christie, Hammett and beyond, this marvelous under-appreciated work from Knott & Mankiewicz never fails to grab them. It's well worth a look for anyone interested in good literate fun, great performances and writing that don't depend on splatter gore, special effects or CGI.

While the ongoing box-office clout of stars Harrison and Hayward got the film a limited VHS release, it's hard to a copy today - but well worth the search.

Wonderful film...if only it had a better title.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

I Thank a Fool

I Thank a Fool

House of Strangers

House of Strangers

Stolen Hours

Stolen Hours

Experiment Perilous

Experiment Perilous

My Foolish Heart

My Foolish Heart

The Lusty Men

The Lusty Men

There Was a Crooked Man...

There Was a Crooked Man...

Ada

Ada

5 Fingers

5 Fingers

Girls on Probation

Girls on Probation

Blood on the Moon

Blood on the Moon

They Won't Believe Me

They Won't Believe Me

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Comedy | Crime

What's It Like to Be Nominated for Five Emmys?

Emmy winner Bill Hader, star of "Barry," talks about the indescribable experience of being nominated and thinking about a project so much that it becomes annoying.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

We're updating live with coverage of the Emmys on our homepage. Check back after the show for IMDb LIVE After the Emmys, with exclusive interviews, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com