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Re: VOLPONE Film
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0258  Saturday, 5 February 2001

[1]     From:   Marti Markus <
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        Date:   Friday, 02 Feb 2001 17:57:42 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

[2]     From:   Richard Nathan <
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        Date:   Friday, 02 Feb 2001 17:01:08 +0000
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[3]     From:   Sue Buchman <
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Feb 2001 12:29:51 -0500
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[4]     From:   Douglas M Lanier <
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Feb 2001 12:37:04 -0500 (EST)
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[5]     From:   Sarah Hatchuel <
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Feb 2001 23:00:45 +0100
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[6]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Friday, 02 Feb 2001 20:06:07 -0500
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[7]     From:   Arthur D L Lindley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 3 Feb 2001 09:30:02 +0800
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[8]     From:   David Schalkwyk <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Feb 2001 08:23:34 +0200
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From:           Marti Markus <
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Date:           Friday, 02 Feb 2001 17:57:42 +0100
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

The film you are looking for is "The Honey Pot" (1967), dir. Joseph L.
Mankievicz. Rex Harrison played Cecil Fox alias Volpone
(http://us.imdb.com/Title?0061780)

Markus Marti
University of Basel
http://www.unibas.ch/shine/home.html

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From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Friday, 02 Feb 2001 17:01:08 +0000
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

I believe the fiml Jim Anderson is thinking of (the modernization of
"Volpone") is "The Honey Pot" with Rex Harrison.

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Date:           Friday, 2 Feb 2001 12:29:51 -0500
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

>A few years ago I stumbled onto a clever take-off on Volpone that began
>with an apparently rich man hiring actors to do Jonson's Volpone, and
>then dismissed them after a few lines.  The rest of the film was a
>modernization of the plot involving three women concerned about
>inheriting his money.  I think Susan Hayward was in it, maybe David
>Niven (or Rex Harrison?).  Can anyone give me the title, and a source?
>
>Thanks,  Jim Anderson, SCSU.

I believe the movie you're thinking of is THE HONEY POT. It was made in
1967 and starred Rex Harrison and Susan Hayward, also Maggie Smith. It's
available at Amazon in VHS for around $14.

Sue Buchman, watcher of way too many late movies

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Date:           Friday, 2 Feb 2001 12:37:04 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

The film would be THE HONEY POT (1967), written and directed by Joseph
Mankiewicz.  It's a strange updating of VOLPONE, with a very different
ending, but it does have its moments, particularly in Harrison's
portrayal of Mr. Fox's decadence.  It is available on home video.

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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Date:           Friday, 2 Feb 2001 23:00:45 +0100
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

Jim Anderson wrote:

>A few years ago I stumbled onto a clever take-off on Volpone that began
>with an apparently rich man hiring actors to do Jonson's Volpone, and
>then dismissed them after a few lines.  The rest of the film was a
>modernization of the plot involving three women concerned about
>inheriting his money.  I think Susan Hayward was in it, maybe David
>Niven (or Rex Harrison?).  Can anyone give me the title, and a source?

The wonderful film you're talking about is called 'The Honey Pot',
directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1967.

The Internet Movie Database provides the following cast list:

Rex Harrison ....  Cecil Fox
Susan Hayward ....  Mrs. "Lone Star" Crockett Sheridan
Cliff Robertson ....  William McFly
Capucine ....  Princess Dominique
Edie Adams ....  Merle McGill
Maggie Smith ....  Sarah Watkins
Adolfo Celi ....  Inspector Rizzi
Hugh Manning ....  Volpone
David Dodimead ....  Mosca
Herschel Bernardi ....  Oscar Ludwig
Luigi Scavran ....  Massimo

The end of the film is particularly delightful, with lots of
metadramatic effects. Cecil Fox, speaking from the dead, tries to
re-write the script of the movie in order to change the ending.

Dr Sarah Hatchuel

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Date:           Friday, 02 Feb 2001 20:06:07 -0500
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

I think that you're referring to _The Honey Pot_, which starred
Harrison, Hayward, Edie Adams, Capucine, Cliff Robertson and Maggie
Smith.  It's rather fun, as are the writing credits: Ben Jonson and
Joseph L. Mankiewitz.  Harrison's character was Cecil Fox and Robertson
was his lawyer/solicitor (?) William McFly.  TCM broadcast it back in
the summer, and I came upon it about halfway through the film.  I've
never seen it all the way through, and most video stores in NC don't
carry it (that I know of).

bh

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Date:           Saturday, 3 Feb 2001 09:30:02 +0800
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

Could that be The Honey Pot (Joe Mankiewicz, 1967, w/ Rex Harrison).  I
haven't seen it in a while, but that's the one with the mistresses
replacing Jonson's birds of prey.  Imdb will be able to tell you if it's
available.

Arthur Lindley

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Date:           Monday, 5 Feb 2001 08:23:34 +0200
Subject: 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0251 Question on VOLPONE Film

A few years ago I stumbled onto a clever take-off on Volpone that began
with an apparently rich man hiring actors to do Jonson's Volpone, and
then dismissed them after a few lines.  The rest of the film was a
modernization of the plot involving three women concerned about
inheriting his money.  I think Susan Hayward was in it, maybe David
Niven (or Rex Harrison?).  Can anyone give me the title, and a source?

I saw the film when I was twelve--long before I'd heard of Jonson in my
rural South African town--and was intrigued by it.  It's called "The
Honeypot" and starred Rex Harrison as the Volpone figure.

David Schalkwyk
 

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