A 1963 Thriller
directed by Stanley Donen, starring Audrey Hepburn
and Cary Grant
and featuring Walter Matthau
Reggie Lambert (Hepburn) is getting ready for life as a divorcee when she finds out that her husband is dead. When the police question her she finds that he has multiple passports each with different aliases, and that he was holding on to $250,000 note
which is unaccounted for. During the funeral, three suspicious people she's never seen before come to visit the body. She is then called to the embassy, where she finds out that her husband was part of a group of soldiers chosen to deliver some gold across enemy lines. However, instead of delivering the gold as planned, the soldiers hid it somewhere, with plans to come back after the war and have it for themselves. Her husband, however, got greedy and came back early, taking all the gold for himself. Now the other three soldiers will do anything anything to get it back.
While this is happening, she also meets Peter Joshua (Grant), whom she enters into a romance with.
Remade in 2002 by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs
) as The Truth About Charlie
, with Mark Wahlberg
and Thandie Newton
- Balcony Escape
- Break the Cutie: Reggie
- Deadpan Snarker: Cary Grant, of course.
- Driving a Desk: Scenes of Reggie and Cary Grant's character riding cars and a boat have rear-projection effects. When they ride the boat through tunnels, their dialogue has an echo effect added for realism.
- Eureka Moment: Tex and then Peter have one upon realizing the missing money has been converted to the stamps.
- Fingertip Drug Analysis: Reggie and Peter are going through her late husband's luggage to see if they can find something valuable enough for him to have been murdered for. They find a tin of what appears to be tooth powder, but she suspects might be heroin; at her urging, he does the test... and concludes that either it's peppermint-flavoured heroin or it really is tooth powder.
- Fourth Date Marriage: or is it fourth identity marriage?
- Hidden in Plain Sight: The $250,000 turned out to be a set of antique stamps on a letter that had been among Charles Lampert's possessions.
- I Have Many Names: Grant's character
- Insistent Terminology: Played with. Whenever Reggie makes reference to "spies", Bartholomew corrects her with "agents". But at the same time, whenever Bartholomew says "spies", Reggie corrects him with "agents".
- Jerk Ass: Herman Scobie
- Last Disrespects / Lonely Funeral: Virtually the only people to attend the late Charles Lampert's funeral besides his widow are his three former partners in crime, who are mainly attending to see if he's Faking the Deadnote and are more disgusted than sorry for his death.
- MacGuffin: The stamps.
- May-December Romance: Cary Grant was 59 when he made the film, 25 years older than Audrey Hepburn. He only took the role after the writer gave all the romantically aggressive lines to Hepburn's character, so he wouldn't look like a predator.
- Movie Twist List: Is it any surprise?
- Mr. Exposition: This is the role Walter Matthau carries for most of the film, at least until the reveal shows him to be the Big Bad.
- Power Trio: of the villainous variety:
- Id: Scobie
- Ego: Tex
- Superego: Gideon
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Subverted when Regina accuses Peter of not needing the reading glasses he puts on. She pulls them from his face and dons them herself — then gets a shocked expression and quickly hands them back, saying quietly, "You need them." The degree of correction in those lenses must've been something fierce.
- Quick Nip
- The Reveal: Mr. Bartholemew turns out to be Carson Dyle, and has been killing off his former comrades one by one. Also, Cary Grant's character turns out to actually work at the American embassy as a member of the Treasury Dept.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Carson Dyle killing off the members of his squad who'd left him to be captured by Germans after he'd been shot.
- Running Gag:
- Grant's character constantly changing names.
- And when he produces a new name, Reggie asks, "Is there a Mrs. __?" and he replies, "Yes, but we're divorced." By the third time, she's saying it along with him.
- Reggie or Bartholemew saying "spies" and the other correcting "agents."
- Every suit Cary Grant's character seems to wear gets damaged in some way.
- Running Gag Stumbles: At the end of the movie, Reggie asks Grant's character again if there's a Mrs. (his latest name), and he says "Yes," but leaves out the "but we're divorced" part. Turns out there is a Mrs. Cruikshank, but she's his mother!
- Split Screen: In the last scene
- Wham Line:
- "Yes, it was a dumb move, Herman. What is the matter with you?"
- "Reggie, wait! That man is Carson Dyle!"
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Carson Dyle was abandoned by his comrades after being horribly wounded, and spent months as a prisoner of war with nothing to help the pain. It's no wonder he's so bitter toward them.