The Truth About Women. Humphrey Tavistock (Laurence Harvey). Credit: STUDIOCANAL
The Truth About Women

The Truth About Women

  • 1957 film

To a husband unable to understand his wife, an old gentleman recounts romantic passages in his life: his first love, a "fast" girl, an adventure in the East, a romance in Paris, a title-seeking American, an artist and a nurse. Finally, how he married his wife. Stars Laurence Harvey, Julie Harris, Diane Cilento, Mai Zetterling, Eva Gabor and more.

The Truth About Women. Image shows left to right: Louise (Eva Gabor), Humphrey Tavistock (Laurence Harvey)

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Laurence Harvey, Julie Harris, Diane Cilento, Mai Zetterling, Eva Gabor, Michael Denison, Jocelyn Lane, Derek Farr and more
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Muriel Box
Sydney Box and Herbert Smith

Having fought ferociously with his wife Diana, Anthony arrives at her father Sir Humphrey's country home - to where he correctly reasons she has fled - in order to have it out with her once and for all. Unfortunately, he finds Diana in London with her stepmother, Lady Tavistock, and Sir Humphrey instead regales his son-in-law with his own tales of romance and what he has learned through his life of the truth about women.

There was his first love, the ferociously independent Suffragette Ambrosine; a marital match missed for one unfortunate breakfast. Then the Middle Eastern beauty Saida, sold and lost to the Sultan of the country Humphrey was stationed in during his long career with the Foreign Office. Paris was his next position, where he became entangled with the beautiful but married Louise - a dalliance that lead to her husband losing his life in a duel.

America and an all-too-brief romance with a title-hunting multi-millionairess's daughter came swiftly after, followed by a chance meeting with painter Helen, Diana's mother, and five happily married years in central Europe before her tragic death bearing their fifth child. Finally, back in England convalescing after sustaining injuries in the Great War, Swedish nurse Julie, a woman with a heart of gold but a mean, vindictive estranged husband.

A true myriad of women, of a variety of backgrounds, ambitions, fears and abilities: but all strong in their own way. It is impossible to live with women, Sir Humphrey reasons: but worse to live without them.

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UK certificate
107 minutes
UK release
October 1957

British Lion

Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 12:20am on TPTV
  • Tuesday 14th August 2018 at 11:30pm on TPTV
  • Thursday 12th July 2018 at 1:00pm on London Live

Recording details

  • Shepperton Studios
  • Polesden Lacey - Tavistock House exterior

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