Another chance viewing, courtesy of TCM!

The Honey Pot (1967)

I’ve loved Rex Harrison all my life. When I was little, I loved him as Doctor Doolittle, walking and talking with animals and being all British and charming. When I got a little older, I loved him as ‘Enry ‘Iggins, all “by george!” and “damn, damn, damn!” and “where the devil are my slippers?”  He was an ass, but a loveable ass no doubt.  Now that I’m mostly grown and have branched out into Rex’s catalog a bit more, I continue to adore his unique knack of being a complete bitch 100% of the time, yet somehow being so wonderfully compelling that you just can’t get away.  (see My Fair Lady or Staircase)   

The Honey Pot is absolutely no different.  In this one, Harrison plays a wealthy playboy who fakes near-death as an excuse to bring together his exes and have them fight over his fortune.  There’s the posh European princess, the blonde bimbo, and the whiskey-swilling bitch from Texas (played by Susan Hayward).  But the real winner is Maggie Smith, playing the assistant to Ms. Lone Star; she’s irrationally patient with the old broad, but finds herself in the end and is the only one who seems to be able to put Harrison in his place.  The exchanges between the two of them are ascerbic and witty as only two actors of such a caliber could drum up. 

You can watch the trailer on TCM, or the whole film is available on Hulu.