The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom


1h 33m 1968

Brief Synopsis

A housewife, bored with her bra-manufacturer husband, who spends most of his time obsessed with classical music, strikes up an affair with one of his employees whom she hides in the attic--something both she and the lover find quite a suitable arrangement.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Detroit opening: 25 Sep 1968
Production Company
Paramount British Pictures
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Location
London, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play A Bird in the Nest by Alec Coppel (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Robert Blossom, an over-worked English brassiere manufacturer, spends his spare hours "conducting" great symphony recordings while his neglected wife Harriet busies herself with painting and needlework. One day Harriet's sewing machine breaks down, and Robert sends a factory worker, Ambrose Tuttle, to repair it. Upon discovering that she shares a wildly imaginative fantasy life with Ambrose, Harriet installs him in her attic and conceals his presence from Robert. While Scotland Yard searches for the missing factory worker, Ambrose divides his time between studying a wide variety of self-education books and recreating with Harriet great love stories of the past. As the years pass, Ambrose's newfound talents enable him to transform the attic into a beautifully designed showplace; while Robert, driven to distraction by strange noises and by articles missing from his home, consults a psychiatrist. The strain proves too much for Robert, and he eventually collapses and is hospitalized. Utilizing his self-taught knowledge of investments and banking, Ambrose passes stock market tips on to Harriet who, in turn, forwards them to Robert. Inevitably, Robert amasses a fortune and quickly proceeds to perfect the international brassiere. When he decides to move to a home without an attic in Geneva, Ambrose sabotages a convention by arranging for Robert's inflatable brassieres to swell to such enormous proportions that the wearers float skyward. After being forced to return home, Robert finally discovers the truth about the man who has lived in his attic for nearly 4 years. Announcing his intention of returning to his first love, music, Robert divorces his wife and gives Ambrose and Harriet his factory for a wedding present. Before long, it is the over-worked Ambrose who leaves for work each morning, while Harriet pushes a button to summon her new lover, Robert, up from the basement.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
Detroit opening: 25 Sep 1968
Production Company
Paramount British Pictures
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom
Location
London, England, United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the play A Bird in the Nest by Alec Coppel (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 33m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Quotes

Trivia

The film is (loosely) based on a real incident. In the late 1910s and early 1920s, Dolly Oesterreich kept her lover, Otto Sanhuber in the attic where he lived for many years. Her husband Fred ran a company that made aprons. Otto even moved with the couple from Milwaukee to Los Angeles to stay above his lover. Unfortunately, the real story doesn't have the happy ending of the movie.

Notes

Released in Great Britain in December 1968. Location scenes filmed in London.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video May 28, 1992

Released in United States September 25, 1968

Released in United States Summer September 1, 1968

Released in United States on Video May 28, 1992

Released in United States Summer September 1, 1968

Released in United States September 25, 1968