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|Margaret Leighton||Emily Fitzjohn|
|John Fraser||Lt. Robert Finch|
|Cyril Cusack||Dr. Grogan|
|Prunella Scales||Estella Fitzjohn|
|Peter Sellers||Gen. Leo Fitzjohn|
|John Le Mesurier|
This is the end of a glorious military career: General Leo Fitzjohn retires to his Sussex manor where he will write his memoirs. Unfortunately, his private life is a disaster: a confirmed womanizer, Leo has infuriated his wife Emily, now a shrewish and hypochondriac woman, all the more bitter as she still loves him. The General has two plain-looking daughters he dislikes and an attractive French mistress, Ghislaine, with whom he has had a platonic affair for seventeen years. When Ghislaine resurfaces, determined to complete her love with him and to get rid of Emily, Leo is at a loss what to do...