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The Tunnel of Love (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 20 April 1959 (Sweden)
The Pooles are unable to have a baby after years of trying. They apply to the Rock-A-Bye Adoption Agency, and are assigned Miss Novick as an investigator. Through a farfetched ... See full summary »

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Isolde Poole
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Gia Scala ...
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Alice Pepper
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Miss MacCracken
Vikki Dougan ...
Gladys Dunne, actress
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Charles Wagenheim ...
Day Motel Man
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The Pooles are unable to have a baby after years of trying. They apply to the Rock-A-Bye Adoption Agency, and are assigned Miss Novick as an investigator. Through a farfetched mis-communication she gets a very bad impression of Augie Poole and indicates her report will be unfavorable. Through even more far-fetched circumstances, Augie is able to change Miss Novick's mind, and later comes to believe the baby she is carrying is his. Rock-A-Bye does find the Pooles a baby, and Augie is convinced it is Miss Novick's, and that he is the real father...so much so that his wife comes to believe it, too. She threatens to leave him, but all the misunderstandings are finally cleared up for a happy ending. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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FROM THE BOLD BLUSHING STAGE HIT OF SEX IN THE SUBURBS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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20 April 1959 (Sweden)  »

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Babys auf Bestellung  »

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Trivia

Johnny Carson replaced Tom Ewell in the original Broadway production. Nancy Olson had the Day role. See more »

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The woman from the adoption agency describes the baby as having blonde curly hair. When we see him in the bassinet, he clearly has no hair. See more »

Quotes

Estelle Novick: How would you deal with a child who won't eat?
August 'Augie' Poole: Send him to bed without any supper.
Estelle Novick: And how would you compare the problem of raising children from one to five, with those from five to seven? Which do you think is the more important period?
August 'Augie' Poole: [Somewhat tipsy, he whistles to himself for a few seconds while pondering her question] Five to seven.
Estelle Novick: Why?
August 'Augie' Poole: 'Cause that's the cocktail hour!
[laughs at his attempt at humor, while Ms. Novick remains unimpressed]
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Music by Wolf Droysen (pseudonym of Wolfram Röhrig)
Josef Weinberger Music Ltd
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Positive comments for an unusual piece of work.
28 January 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen this film since it was first released, and had forgotten most of its content. I received a copy of it recently as a belated birthday gift (I'm between 30 and death-closer to death!) and, unlike the writer from Washington, I found this film to be a rather adult and mature approach to a sensitive topic, interspersed with moments of gentle and/or imagined calamity. I feel that there is a touch of the "film noir" here. By the way, what's wrong with a "stagy" effort? It works for this ol' English and Dramatic Arts Teacher! I feel that this was a rather good piece of work for Doris at that time, and stands well after all these years. That was one of the good things about Doris; give her a role and it became uniquely hers. I hope she will delight us all and involve herself in some new film work!


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