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The Tender Trap -- A swinging bachelor finds love when he meets a girl immune to his line.


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Julius J. Epstein (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 November 1955 (USA) See more »
Add SPICE to your life! See more »
Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Will Frank Sinatra Settle Down with Debbie Reynolds? See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Frank Sinatra ... Charlie Y. Reader

Debbie Reynolds ... Julie Gillis

David Wayne ... Joe McCall

Celeste Holm ... Sylvia Crewes
Jarma Lewis ... Jessica Collins

Lola Albright ... Poppy Masters

Carolyn Jones ... Helen
Howard St. John ... Mr. Sayers
Joey Faye ... Sol Z. Steiner

Tom Helmore ... Mr. Loughran
Willard Sage ... Director
Marc Wilder ... Ballet-Actor
Jack Boyle ... Audition Dancer

James Drury ... Eddie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bette Arlen ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bill Baldwin ... TV Host (voice) (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Society Reporter (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

John Bromfield ... Actor in Film on TV (clip from 'Easy to Love') (uncredited) (archive footage)
Herbert Butterfield ... Minister (voice) (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Hal Floyd ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Hugo Haas ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Spectator at Home Show (uncredited)
Gil Herman ... TV Announcer (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Gustave Lax ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Don Lynch ... Bit Role (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
George Peters ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Max Power ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Dan Quigg ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Doorman (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Mr. Wilson (uncredited)
Erin Selwyn ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Doorman (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Wendell (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Edwin Tuttle ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Dave White ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Esther Williams ... Actress in Film on TV (clip from 'Easy to Love') (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... George - Elevator Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
Writing credits
Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) (as Julius Epstein)

Max Shulman (play) and
Robert Paul Smith (play)

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning  (as John Dunning)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Arthur Lonergan 
Set Decoration by
Jack D. Moore 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Phil Brown .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
John Logan .... sound editor (uncredited)
Walter March .... sound editor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... conductor
Will Beitel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Clinton Wilder .... stage presenter
Phil Brown .... technical adviser (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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111 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) | 4-Track Stereo
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #17672) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): (at around 1h 30 mins) When Sylvia enters his apartment, Charlie does a quick introduction of Sylvia to Julie, he says, "Julie you know Julie, don't ya?"See more »
Sylvia Crewes:The night is young and we're middle-aged. Anything could happen.See more »
(Love Is) The Tender TrapSee more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Will Frank Sinatra Settle Down with Debbie Reynolds?, 8 November 2010
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

It's a CinemaScope culture clash when swinging Manhattan playboy agent Frank Sinatra (as Charlie Reader) falls in love with sweet marriage-minded actress Debbie Reynolds (as Julie Gillis). Fond of lipstick and liquor, Mr. Sinatra finds it difficult to commit. The surprising thing about this semi-serious sixties comedy is the thoughtful and mature subplot acted out by David Wayne (as Joe McCall), who moves in with Sinatra while contemplating divorce, and one of his promiscuous pal's girlfriends, Celeste Holm (as Sylvia Crewes).

With the lead relationship between Sinatra and Ms. Reynolds proceeding in flat and predictable fashion, Mr. Wayne and Ms. Holm are the ones to watch. They were nominated for "Supporting Actor" and "Supporting Actress" awards by "Film Daily". Also receiving industry attention was the great title track "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, which received an "Academy Award" nomination. Sinatra's great Capitol Records version took an understandable and well-deserved trip to the US "Top Ten".

****** The Tender Trap (11/4/55) Charles Walters ~ Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, Celeste Holm

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