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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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Not perfect, but what movie is? See more (30 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)

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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: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 »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not perfect, but what movie is?, 15 August 2006
Author: Lesley Jamieson

The tender trap is a Sinatra film, a fifties time capsule. As such, it comes fully loaded with a swinger versus good girl mentality. The woman always wants the picket fence and the man always wants the ultimate bachelor lifestyle (in Sinatra's case, complete with sexy dog-walkers and cheese delivery). So with this sort of fluffy 50's movie, it's easy to scoff and call it outdated and campy, and neglect to consider the fact that perhaps there lingers in it the tragedy of the era. My apologies for melodrama. But in the character of Sylvie (the unforgettable Celeste Holmes) is there encompassed a certain element of poignance that is strange to find in such a film as this.

In the midst of the predictable plot and romantic mayhem sorted out so simply, perhaps by fate, perhaps by unimaginative writing. But in Celeste Holmes is there contained something deeper. A regret, hopelessness, I'll-settle-for-anything quality of the middle-aged (or thereabouts) successful career woman who didn't go for a family right away, and thus finds herself condemned to either "Married men. Drunks. Pretty boys looking for someone to support them. Lunatics looking for their fifth divorce!" or a Sinatra. To see her sitting at a table across from Debbie Reynolds, 21, with all her plan figured out beforehand, claiming that without such precautions a woman runs the risk of spinsterhood. You can't help but feel for the spinster herself as she gazes with quiet desperation at Sinatra. Her last hope.

Yes The Tender Trap had quite a few weaknesses, but in all, I can't help but find it strange and lovely to find such fluff encrusted poignance. Sinatra and Debbie were cute, but when it came down to it, Celeste Holmes was magnificent.

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