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After eight years of marriage, Robert and Nina divorce. He takes up with his womanising Navy buddy Charlie Nelson while she looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Both start dating ... See full summary »

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After eight years of marriage, Robert and Nina divorce. He takes up with his womanising Navy buddy Charlie Nelson while she looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Both start dating other people, but although they try and ignore each other whenever they accidentally meet, it is obvious the past is not dead. Then one night they find themselves in a nightclub doing the mambo together. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Columbia Pictures approached George Axelrod to produce a film version of his very popular play, "The Seven Year Itch," but the film rights were tied up as long as it was running on Broadway. He instead offered them "Phffft!" - - an earlier play of his dealing with a similar subject. See more »

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As Jack Lemon pulls away from the stop light in his sports car, the car shifts gears while both his hands are on the steering wheel. See more »

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Nina Tracey née Chapman: [laughing at Bob, while mocking his appearance] If you knew what you looked like in that silly vest and that mustache. You look like a gigolo! You don't even look like a gigolo, you look like Groucho Marx!
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Screwball Remarriage, 50's Style
19 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Almost all US sex comedies of the 50's & 60's are dated now by a quaint leering approach to sex & marriage, not to mention the costumes, hair, settings. But the remarriage theme will always be ripe for romantic comedy fun. Here, George Axelrod got his start. He later wrote screenplays for "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter," "Breakfast At Tiffany's," "Goodbye Charlie," and in a dark mood, "The Manchurian Candidate." His style is comparable to Preston Sturges, using wit to slice through the social conventions. Judy Holliday & Jack Lemmon were a wonderful match. Judy could play an "everywoman" to Jack's "everyman" as in "It Should Happen To You." She could surprise & bedevil him with her mix of ditzines & intelligence. Their comic timing together seems effortlessly perfect. This film should be remembered more fondly.


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