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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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Pleasantly bland See more (35 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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Additional Details

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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)

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:Joe, do you have any idea what's available to a woman of 33? Married men. Drunks. Pretty boys looking for someone to support them. Lunatics looking for their fifth divorce! It's quite a list, isn't it?See more »
Movie Connections:
(Love Is) The Tender TrapSee more »


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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Pleasantly bland, 1 March 2002
Author: YakovDavid from Chicago, Illinois

With the wonderful cast that this movie boasts, I really hoped this could have been a better movie. Blame the screenplay. It's the tale of a an urbane, irresponsible and very single male (the perfectly cast Frank Sinatra) being roped into domesticity by a simple and sincere young girl (Debbie Reynolds, who is pretty stiff and unspontaneous here). The message of the movie is that people cannot avoid their biological destiny...that they are happily doomed to meet and mate. Fair enough. That's been the premise of many a great screwball comedy and many great movie romances. The problem here is that everything is so predictable! There are no pleasant surprises in the characters here. All of the performers seem willing and able, but the script and direction are uninspired. The character played by Debbie is meant to be as cute as a button but is only annoying, and Frank never appears genuinely smitten. Even Franks's rendition of the title tune seems careful and sedate. Our couple here seemed destined for a very dull life in the suburbs. (Of course, this may have been an image of love and marriage that American popular entertainment was trying to sell really hard in the fifties. Safe and yawn inducing.)

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