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Director:
Writers:
Sloan Wilson (novel)
Delmer Daves (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Sneaky Tub of Suds See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Richard Egan ... Ken Jorgenson

Dorothy McGuire ... Sylvia Hunter

Sandra Dee ... Molly Jorgenson

Arthur Kennedy ... Bart Hunter

Troy Donahue ... Johnny Hunter
Constance Ford ... Helen Jorgenson

Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble
Jack Richardson ... Claude Andrews
Martin Eric ... Todd Harper, Handyman at Pine Island Inn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eleanor Audley ... Waiting Guest at Molly's College (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Dr. Matthias (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Joe Connors ... Driver (uncredited)
Peter Constanti ... Captain of Yacht (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Talbert (uncredited)
Gertrude Flynn ... Helen's Mother (uncredited)

Bonnie Franklin ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Dean (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Engelhardt (uncredited)
Howard Hoffman ... Justice of the Peace Alvin Frost (uncredited)
Cheryl Holdridge ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Lolita ... Singer in German version (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ... Attorney (uncredited)
Fred Marlow ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Lewis Martin ... Doctor (uncredited)
Junius Matthews ... Mr. Hamble (uncredited)
Nancy Matthews ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Dale J. Nicholson ... Minister (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Donald G. Sheely ... Attendant (uncredited)
Roberta Shore ... Anne Talbert (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Ken's Attorney (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Bart's Attorney (uncredited)
Helen Wallace ... Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
 
Writing credits
Sloan Wilson (novel)

Delmer Daves (written by)

Produced by
Delmer Daves .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. 
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Al Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Lierly .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Edith Palmer .... body makeup (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
Gil Kissel .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Archie Neel .... assistant props (uncredited)
Red Turner .... prop master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Everett A. Hughes .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Lambert .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ben Sad .... cable (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bennett .... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Horace Jones .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Stradling Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Brown .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gordon Murray .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Fern Vollner .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Harry Zubrinsky .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bert Stein .... dialogue supervisor
Ted Ashton .... publicist (uncredited)
Joe Barry .... locations (uncredited)
E.J. Carroll .... location auditor (uncredited)
George Leslie .... timekeeper (uncredited)
Alton McDermott .... first aid (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
130 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (cut version) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (cut) | USA:Approved (certificate #19324) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version) | West Germany:18 (f) (original version) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The house where Ken (Richard Egan) and Sylvia (Dorothy McGuire) lived toward the end of the film is an actual private residence that was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948. It still stands today on Scenic Road in Carmel-by-the-Sea and is a prime feature in local tours.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ken and Sylvia meet for the first time at the boathouse, Ken is wearing a red shirt (in plain view even in the moonlight) when he closes the back doors. But when the camera cuts to him getting close to Sylvia, he is wearing a blue shirt.See more »
Quotes:
Sylvia Hunter:[to Helen Jorgenson] You seem to have an infinite capacity for hurt. First you try to destroy your daughter, and now our son.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Beautiful Creatures (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
LiebestraumSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Sneaky Tub of Suds, 28 November 2010
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

It's easy to mock this big tub of soap suds. What with the two baby-faced innocents and a ton of Dee's pouty close-ups, it's a generous slice of white bread, 50's style. But beneath all the teen-age angst and adult philandering lies a surprisingly subversive message for that uptight decade.

Because, once things get sorted out over the 130 minutes, we find out a number of social rules have not only been broken, but their violation justified. For example: the storyline implies that teen sex may be okay as long as the kids truly love each other— a violation of the teenage abstinence rule; that unwed teen pregnancy need not be punished— a challenge to Production Code insistence; and that adultery may be okay if the spouses are in impossible marriages—a further erosion of that seemingly sacred institution. The overall idea, is that no matter what, true love forgives all.

Now, this may seem pretty tame stuff 50-years later in our anything-goes era. But I guarantee, it was cutting edge Hollywood at the time, even if the messages were buried in a load of glossy make-believe. Responding to the slick package were lines of teens stretching around the block, and it wasn't just because of the catchy title tune. Then too, those folks curious about the breakdown of 50's conformity and the youth rebellion of the 60's should include this highly unexpected entry in their thinking.

At the same time, writer-director Daves seems an unlikely source for both the message and the genre, with his background in adult Westerns, such as the classic 3:10 to Yuma (1957). Here, he's very shrewd in his casting of Hollywood veterans. There's the likably masculine Egan (Ken) and the saintly maternal McGuire (Sylvia). Between them, they make infidelity seem not only permissible, but required. Then there's the affably tipsy Kennedy (Bart) and the assertively witchy Ford (Helen). Between them, they make cuckolding seem not only permissible, but also required. Taken together, it's almost perfect type casting. My only reservation is with Ford who seems too aggressively mean to make her marriage believable.

Daves is also a sneaky filmmaker since he wraps the controversial subtext in irresistible gloss. Few pictures of the era are as gorgeous as this one, and I'm not just talking about Donahue (who's even prettier than his co-star). Those Technicolor shots of the Carmel coastline are mesmerizing, along with the Lloyd Wright cliffside house. For visual contrast, compare this production with the thematically similar but dour-looking Blue Denim of the same year and also with two blonde innocents-- Brandon deWilde and Carol Lynley. The black&white Denim is the more earnest of the two, yet lacks the candy-box covering that giftwraps this production. Thus, for all its seriousness, Denim lacked the same teen drawing power and impact.

Anyway, as mentioned, mocking the film is easy, what with all the soapsuds and two Photoplay leads. However, I salute Daves for knowing how to get his humane message across to a popular audience, despite providing grist for generations of smirking critics. Happily, Daves proves here that there was more to his filmmaking than a fast gun, Glenn Ford, and a slow train to Yuma.

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