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The Tunnel of Love (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 20 April 1959 (Sweden)
A series of misunderstandings leaves a married man believing he has impregnated the owner of an adoption agency, and that she will be his and his wife's surrogate.

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Isolde Poole
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Elisabeth Fraser ...
Alice Pepper
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Miss MacCracken
Vikki Dougan ...
Gladys Dunne, actress
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Escort
Charles Wagenheim ...
Day Motel Man
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Night Motel Man
Esquire Trio ...
Themselves, Party Musicians (as The Esquire Trio)
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Storyline

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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Hilarious Sophiticated Entertainment for ADULTS ONLY! 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene when the women are on their bikes discussing the $1000 you can see leaves falling from the trees. However when the guys are inside, reference is made that the month is March. See more »

Quotes

August 'Augie' Poole: [Reading from the Real Estate section of the newspaper] Hey, listen to this: "Westport. Lovely old colonial manse. Recently renovated. With lovely gristmill and pond situated behind house in sun-drenched sylvan glen." That must be Bill Paxton's dump with the swamp in back.
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Run Away, Skidaddle, Skidoo
By Ruth Roberts, Bill Katz
Sung by Doris Day (uncredited)
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Surprisingly sleazy and unfunny.
10 April 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's hard to imagine what anyone was thinking when they made "The Tunnel of Love". After all, the film is supposed to be a comedy but it's rarely even remotely funny. It's also amazingly sleazy...but must have rubbed audiences wrong back in 1958...especially with America's sweetheart, Doris Day, in the lead! According to biographies, Day's husband at the time frankly pushed her into a lot of terrible projects and all he cared about was her money....and after his death she learned he'd pretty much spent her vast fortune.

Isolde (Doris Day...Isolde?!) and Augie (Richard Widmark) have been married for a few years but are childless. She wants to adopt a child and he, somewhat reluctantly, agrees. But they seem like an ill- suited couple for adoption, as he seems to have a drinking problem and his best friend is a pig who seems willing to sleep with anyone other than his wife. When the worker from an adoption agency comes to their house to talk with Augie, he's a bit drunk and behaves in a very boorish manner. He spends the interview in his boxers, drinking and making suggestive comments to her. Not surprisingly, she stomps off...as any sane woman would have done that. Oddly, however, she soon comes back and then she goes with Augie out to drink some more. He wakes up in a hotel room later and thinks they slept together. Then, when the agency offers them a child about 9 months later, he thinks maybe it's HIS baby he fathered with this nutty social worker! Hilarity is meant to ensue...but doesn't. And, oddly, by the end, Isolde is apologizing to Augie and all is forgiven.

There is nothing funny about this nor is there anything romantic. Adultery is really NOT comedy gold nor is bad parenting...and you honestly wonder how the writing could have been worse! The actors try their best (Widmark tries a bit TOO hard) but it's all a mess of a film...something no one should have agreed to make in the first place.


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