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The Facts of Life (1960)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Comedy  |  14 November 1960 (USA)
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Two romantic couples are each married to different people! They really DO love each other. At the beginning Kitty thinks Larry is un-funny, unendurable, and unrelenting. Larry thinks Kitty ... See full summary »

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Larry Gilbert
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Kitty Weaver
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Mary Gilbert
Don DeFore ...
Jack Weaver
Louis Nye ...
Hamilton Busbee
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Doc Mason (as Phillip Ober)
Marianne Stewart ...
Connie Mason
Peter Leeds ...
Thompson, the Dry Cleaner
Hollis Irving ...
Myrtle Busbee
William Lanteau ...
Airline Clerk
Robert F. Simon ...
Motel Clerk
Louise Beavers ...
Gussie (as Louise Beaver)
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First Husband in Motel Room
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Two romantic couples are each married to different people! They really DO love each other. At the beginning Kitty thinks Larry is un-funny, unendurable, and unrelenting. Larry thinks Kitty is just plain dull. Then three couples cancel their trip. Kitty and Larry are ALONE! At the hotel they go under the silly names of Mr.George Washington and Mrs Martha Washington. Then they fall in love while going fishing. When Kitty caught her first fish she kissed Larry. Kitty and Larry started to spend a lot of time together. Then Kitty writes her husband a letter telling him that she wants Larry, not him. Then Kitty and Larry get into a big fight. They both see that they are making a big mistake. They thought it wasn't right to have an affair at their age (they were middle aged). Written by Anonymous

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14 November 1960 (USA)  »

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Amor es juego prohibido  »

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The Facts of Life was indeed a problematic picture. The injury to Lucy was not the films only mishap. Don DeFore injured his back requiring hospitalization, director Melvin Frank broke his ankle playing golf and had to hobble around on crutches, the film's publicist came down with a two week case of the mumps, Bob Hope smashed his finger, and even the delivery man from Lucy's pharmacy fell into the same tank that the star had. To top things off, a few days after Lucy referred to her Desilu soundstage as a "firetrap," it partially burned down. See more »

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Shadow of equipment swoops over set as Larry enters kitchen for breakfast. See more »

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Larry Gilbert: [Kitty yawns during Larry's routine] Madam, your Vodka gimlets are showing. Vodka, that's an alcohol rub from the inside.
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The Facts of Life
Lyrics and Music by Johnny Mercer
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Lucille Ball and Bob Hope star in "Brief Encounter with Laughs".
1 February 2014 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Directed by Melvin Frank and written by Frank with Norman Panama, "The Facts of Life" is an adult love story that will surprise you. Frank & Panama are Bob Hope experts, multiple Oscar nominees and the creators of such classic comedies as "The Court Jester" and "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House".

Kitty Weaver and Larry Gilbert are two perfectly nice suburbanites. If Kitty's husband (Don DeFore) seems a little preoccupied with work and his gambling habit, and Larry's wife (Ruth Hussey) a little too caught up with the kids - well, that's life. They have no thought of straying. They certainly have no thought of straying toward each other. However, Fate (in that way of hers) forces these two perfectly nice people to spend time together. Kitty discovers that "the jerk who tells the lousy jokes at the country club" is a genuinely warm and funny fellow. Larry sees a softer side to that stuck up Kitty. Love blossoms with the added complications of vows and conscience.

How Larry and Kitty deal with their feelings, their need to be together and the realities of their lives is played out in a frank, touching and very funny manner. It is wonderful to see two actors who happen to be bona fide comic geniuses working together in such perfect sympathy. The humour of character and situation also involves some gut grabbing slapstick, and some quiet moments that will make you smile or sigh a sentimental sigh for two perfectly nice people.


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