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The Tunnel of Love (1958)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  20 April 1959 (Sweden)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Isolde Poole
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August 'Augie' Poole
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Dick Pepper
Gia Scala ...
Estelle Novick
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
Robert Williams ...
Night Motel Man
Esquire Trio ...
Themselves, Party Musicians (as The Esquire Trio)
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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)

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

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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

Dick Pepper: [Referring to his latest extramarital love interest] Ah, what a lovely thing. Just to look at her sends the blood coursing through my veins!
August 'Augie' Poole: [Cynically] In contrast to the *usual* route it takes...
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Annual Outing
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Music by Billy Mayerl
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A Guilty Conscience
5 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Tunnel of Love ran for 417 performances on Broadway for the 1957-1958 season and starred Tom Ewell and Nancy Olson. It was written by Joseph Fields and repeating their roles from the original production are Elizabeth Fraser and Elizabeth Wilson.

The play didn't survive the journey to Hollywood, mainly because of the horrible miscasting of Richard Widmark as the husband. He and wife Doris Day are trying to either have a child or adopt one whichever comes first. After a night's indiscretion with social worker Gia Scala, Widmark thinks he's the father of her kid and when she hits him up for a loan, that seems to clinch the deal.

Widmark was in a role that should either have gone to Dean Martin or Glenn Ford. In their screen roles I've seen aspects of Augie Poole's character that would have fit Dino or Glenn easily. But in Widmark's hands it drops like a lead bassinet.

Best in this film is Gig Young playing one of his male lead best friend types he started perfecting around this time. It seemed for a while like you couldn't make a domestic screen comedy that either he or Tony Randall weren't in playing the same kind of parts. He took over from Darren McGavin who did the part of the wolfish playboy neighbor on Broadway whose growing family doesn't slow him down in the hanky panky department a bit.

My guess is that Widmark was trying to expand his range a bit. The best comedy effort in his career was on the I Love Lucy Show and there he was just a foil for the movie star struck Lucy Ricardo.

Doris was all right in her part, but she certainly did much better work with Rock Hudson who also would have been good casting as the male lead.

Best thing about The Tunnel of Love. Doris sang and recorded the title song that's sung over the opening credits. If the rest of the film had been as good as the song.


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