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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)
Max Shulman (play) ...
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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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"Standard Operational Procedure" See more (32 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)
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)
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 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #17672) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
(Love Is) The Tender TrapSee more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"Standard Operational Procedure", 28 August 2009
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Unsuccessful Broadway show from Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith becomes glossy, tepid M-G-M romantic comedy with one song. Frank Sinatra is certainly well-cast as a womanizing theatrical agent in New York City, and Debbie Reynolds is cute as a singer-dancer under her own personal deadline to get married, but this archaic set-up is no longer any fun. To the bachelor, available girls are just "tomatoes" (pronounced tuh-may-tahs); to the talented songbird, being a woman means nothing without having a husband to validate her. Premise comes directly from that antiseptic '50s aesthetic that women want marriage in order to start a family (just like their mothers), but men want marriage in order to get into the bedroom (because no self-respecting 'tomato' would go all the way without vows). Ladies-man Sinatra does a lot of sweetheart-talking and forehead kissing, yet his randy excursions (and drunken escapades) are merely chatted about, never seen. He's called a monster, a heel--which seems a tad severe for a guy who never seems to get any action because his phone is always ringing and his doorbell is always buzzing. Sinatra and Reynolds may have indeed proved to be a splendid screen-couple, but they are trapped by "The Tender Trap", which curdles from coyness. ** from ****

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