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Writers:
Fay Kanin (written by) and
Michael Kanin (written by)
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Release Date:
1 April 1958 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Their mixed-up romance adds up to this: GREAT DAY! GREAT GUY! GREAT FUN!
Plot:
James Gannon, the hardboiled city editor of a newspaper, believes that the only way to learn the business is by way of the School of Hard Knocks... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Probably the first of the sixties 'SEX' comedies. See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... James Gannon / James Gallangher

Doris Day ... Erica Stone

Gig Young ... Dr. Hugo Pine

Mamie Van Doren ... Peggy DeFore
Nick Adams ... Barney Kovac
Peter Baldwin ... Harold Miller

Marion Ross ... Katy Fuller

Charles Lane ... Roy

Jack Albertson ... Guide
Florenz Ames ... J.L. Ballentine
Harry Antrim ... Lloyd Crowley
Vivian Nathan ... Mrs. Kovac
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Army Archerd ... Army Archerd (uncredited)
James Bacon ... James Bacon (uncredited)
Terry Becker ... Mr. Appino (uncredited)
George Cisar ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Bill (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Copy Man (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
Sandra Gould ... Tess (uncredited)
Elizabeth Harrower ... Clara Dibney (uncredited)
Joe Hyams ... Joe Hyams (uncredited)
Erskine Johnson ... Erskine Johnson (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
Paine Knickerbocher ... Paine Knickerbocher (uncredited)
Larry Leverett ... Reporter Who Punches Barney (uncredited)
Norton Mockridge ... Harry (uncredited)
Margaret Muse ... Miss Gross (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Bit (uncredited)
Frank P. Quinn ... Frank P. Quinn (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Vernon Scott ... Vernon Scott (uncredited)
Steffi Sidney ... Book Store Girl (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky ... Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
Merritt Smith ... Mr. Cory (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
George Seaton 
 
Writing credits
Fay Kanin (written by) (as Fay) and
Michael Kanin (written by)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
Gordon Cornell Layne .... associate producer (uncredited)
George Seaton .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Haskell B. Boggs (director of photography) (as Haskell Boggs)
 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
 
Art Direction by
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Sam Comer 
George Swarthout (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styles supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Ray .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Charles Woolstenhulme .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francisco Day .... assistant director
Lloyd Allen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Burke .... director of photography: fill-in (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenita Dinneen .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jesse Munden .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marie Pickering .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ric Hardman .... assistant to producer
Norton Mockridge .... technical advisor: City Editor, New York World-Telegram and Sun
Bob Davis .... stand-in: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Lou Smith .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The character of Jim Gannon was originally supposed to be a reporter. However, when veteran star Clark Gable was cast it was decided to make him an editor instead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gannon is in Dr. Pine's kitchen getting a drink, a cabinet is opened with the open door located right behind Gannon's head. When the scene cuts to a shot showing the kitchen from the living room, the open cabinet door is nowhere in sight.See more »
Quotes:
Peggy DeFore:Jimsy, what's a psychologist?
James Gannon:A guy who gives all kinds of advice about things he knows nothing about.
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Soundtrack:
The Girl Who Invented Rock and RollSee more »

FAQ

Peter Baldwin---Where Was He From?
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Probably the first of the sixties 'SEX' comedies., 21 February 2005
Author: Scaramouche2004 from Coventry, England

Doris Day was a breath of fresh air. Not only was she an extremely beautiful woman, she was a versatile actress and performer, and as for her singing, I can safely say that I would sooner hear Doris Day sing, than any other female vocalist before or since.

But apart from her singing she was just as well known for her talents as a comedienne, in a series of 'sex' comedies in which she always played the virginal unsuspecting prey to the rich, handsome sex maniacs, played by the likes of Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and James Garner.

This film however is probably the first in which this formula was tried, and although not the big smash anyone had hoped for, it nonetheless paved the way for her future success throughout the sixties. In fact with musicals coming to an end in popularity, it was this kind of film which prolonged Miss Day's movie career by a further ten years.

Her love interest in this vehicle is the wonderful if not aged, Clark Gable, and although it was to be one of his final films, he proves that he is still no stranger to a decent script, and is able to perform his comic turn effortlessly.

It is a story of a hardened reporter of the old school, and a beautiful journalism teacher from the night school, and how the two come together despite conflicting ideals.

An advocate of the school of hard knocks, Gable pretends to be an up and coming journalist student so he can attend Professor Day's classes, in order to cause his own brand of trouble and bring the prim and proper know-it-all professor down a peg or two. However things obviously turn a bit difficult when he realises that he is in love etc etc blah blah blah. Routine stuff.

Already we have the typical sex comedy scenario of how the guy pretends to be somebody else to get his own back. We saw it again with greater comic effect in the following years Pillow Talk and again in 1962's Lover Come Back and quite surprisingly again in 2003's Down With Love with Ewan McGregor and Rene Zellwegger. Again it's routine stuff, but routine stuff that works.

Although the two leads handle their roles well, in my opinion only one actor shines through this entire film and that is Gig Young. From the moment Young is given screen-time, the other actors have no choice but to sit back and cool off in his shade.

Young plays a handsome and dashing psychologist who is an expert on nearly every subject you care to press him on. He is also a potential beau to Doris Day's professor and therefore a love rival for Gable. The nightclub scenes and the subsequent hangover scenes are a joy to behold and will have you chuckling throughout. His lines are witty and delivered impeccably in Gig Young's usual boyish manner. This film is a treat for this reason alone.

If you're a fan of Doris Day/Rock Hudson style sixties sauce, then give this one some time and see where it all began.

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