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Phffft (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 November 1954 (USA)
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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It's not a word...It's the sound of romance on the rocks! See more »

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The title "Phffft" comes from Walter Winchell's column which was widely read during the 50s. When a celebrity couple's marriage broke up, Winchell would describe the break-up as "phffft". See more »

Goofs

Late in the movie when Charlie is visiting Nina at her home, Charlie and Nina walk over to the couch. It is too dark there and when Nina begins to sit down, the crew turns on an extra light to brighten the scene. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Nelson: A mustache is a very important thing. That's part of the famous Charlie Nelson theory in the efficacy of face hair in dealing with the opposite sex.
Robert Tracey: [Slightly taken aback] What?
Charlie Nelson: Always remember this: dames become unpredictable when faced with a mustache. It both arouses, and angers them, because... being as it is a symbol of masculinity, they feel drawn toward it.
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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Strike a light
10 June 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Once in a while this movie offers glimpses of fun amidst the flashbacks and repetitive scenes. Kim Novak's Monroe-esque appearance brings a little relief but otherwise it's easy to get distracted. Watch out for the joke with the lamp in the window - quite a gem and wonderfully played by Lemmon and Novak. I believe the title of the film is the sound of a match extinguishing. It's referenced quite close to the beginning in the close-up on the gossip column.




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