Peter Ustinov wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this adaptation of his play, and, for once, here was a person who could wear all the hats without becoming a fool. The play opened in London in 1956, then went to New York with Ustinov in the lead. He took some time off from writing
to act in SPARTACUS (winning an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor) and also helped shape the script. The studio agreed to film this one in return, but only if he took Gavin and Dee, two Universal Studios contract players, as part of the deal. He agreed but was not thrilled with either of them,
although Dee came off well. Gavin eventually quit acting to go into politics and wound up Am...