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Caprice Movie Review Summary

Actors: Doris Day, Richard Harris, Ray Walston

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In the prologue an Interpol agent is shot while skiing in Switzerland. The scene shifts to Paris, where fashion victim Patricia Foster, an industrial designer with Femina Cosmetics, has a rendezvous at the Eiffel Tower. She is arrested trying to sell the secret formula for a new underarm deodorant to an undercover detective. After persuading her employer, Sir Jason Fox, not to prosecute, Matthew Cutter of May Fortune Cosmetics offers her a job in America. In Los Angeles, his amorous assistant Christopher White covertly injects Patricia with a truth drug to extract information about Sir Jason's new glamorous wig.

Patricia has a meeting with Sir Jason on his private jet, the incident in Paris having been a setup to help her infiltrate May Fortune. Dr. Stuart Clancy, their chief cosmetic chemist, has invented a water-repellent hair spray which will make all other hair sprays obsolete. Patricia must get the formula or at least a lock of treated hair. Dr. Clancy's formulas are not only protected by steel shutters but are electronically coded, so when Patricia recognizes his secretary Su Ling as the girl in the hair spray demonstration, she follows her around trying to snip her hair. She is frightened by a spider in a potting shed, chased by a Great Dane and then soaked with water while dangling over a cliff, unaware that she is being photographed by White.

White tells Patricia he is a double agent loyal to Sir Jason, but she is suspicious when she sees him planting a bug in a sugar bowl, and amusingly frustrates his efforts to record their conversation. Patricia next tries to snip Su's hair at a cinema - bizarrely, the movie showing is Caprice with Doris Day and Richard Harris. Meanwhile White has discovered that Patricia is really Philippa Fowler, the daughter of the Interpol agent killed in Switzerland. Is she just after the hair spray or has she some other secret objective?
The review of this Movie prepared by Maureen Evans








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Comedy or Parody about    -   spies How much humor v. drama    -   Mostly humor, but some serious drama

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Switzerland City?    -   Yes City:    -   Paris Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None

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