Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford deliver their lines with such serious intent that it takes a second viewing to fully appreciate the delightful humor. The folly of coming into an inheritance and fantasizing about spending it sets up the laughs to follow. Matt and Jean Spencer (played by real life marrieds Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna) rejoice, “no more stupid, petty problems,” at the news that Matt’s uncle Simon has left him what they think is a fortune, but turns out to be a run down cinema. They must make a pretense to run it in an effort to con a competing theatre owner to buy it. To succeed they finally show some business savvy by motivating the staff — a drunken projectionist (Sellers), lovelorn, but aging cashier Mrs. Fazackalee (Rutherford) and Old Tom the Doorman (Bernard Miles). What is wonderful about the film is the actual experience of running the theatre and having to handle “all the petty little problems” while trying to make a profit. The film is also a reverential look at cinema’s bygone era, as the comedy gives way to a truly moving scene when the couple happen upon the staff showing an old silent movie accompanied by Mrs. Fazackalee playing the piano while projectionist Sellers looks wistfully at the screen.