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The Tender Trap (1955)

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Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Charlie Y. Reader
Julie Gillis
Joe McCall
Sylvia Crewes
Jarma Lewis ...
Jessica Collins
Poppy Masters
Howard St. John ...
Mr. Sayers
Joey Faye ...
Sol Z. Steiner
Mr. Loughran
Willard Sage ...
Marc Wilder ...
Jack Boyle ...
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Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with Charlie's girl Sylvia while Charlie spends his time with young actress Julie. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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4 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Armadilha Amorosa  »

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2.55 : 1
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The original Broadway production of "The Tender Trap" by Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith opened at the Longacre Theater on October 13, 1954 and ran for 102 performances. The original cast included Robert Preston and Kim Hunter. See more »


Charlie comes out of the shower bone dry with his hair perfectly combed and sprayed and towels off like he's wet. See more »


Sylvia Crewes: The night is young and we're middle-aged. Anything could happen.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon (2001) See more »


(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
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Cute Flick
4 December 2004 | by (Monroe, Michigan) – See all my reviews

This is a very cute movie with a cute plot. Frank Sinatra gives a memorable performance. Do not begin watching this movie expecting a serious or dramatic film.... it is a romantic comedy. Debbie Reynolds is adorable and charming. The Title track sung is unique and one of the highlights of the film. As a teenager who enjoys old movies it is great and enjoyable for me to see what good movies were before so much trash was put into them. This movie is funny without using sexual innuendo or swearing. This is a movie the whole family can sit and watch and enjoy. I recommend this movie to anyone looking for something lighthearted and entertaining! Enjoy!

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