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Who Was That Lady? (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 April 1960 (Finland)
In order to get back into the good graces with his wife with whom he has had a misunderstanding, a young chemistry professor concocts a wild story that he is an undercover FBI agent. To ... See full summary »

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Airs Wed. Aug. 31, 6:00 PM on TCM

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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In order to get back into the good graces with his wife with whom he has had a misunderstanding, a young chemistry professor concocts a wild story that he is an undercover FBI agent. To help him with his story he enlists the aid of a friend who is a TV writer. The wife swallows the story and later real FBI agents and enemy spies become involved in the scheme. Written by alfiehitchie

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A perfectly natural question for a wife to ask...but the FBI is making a federal case out of it! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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8 April 1960 (Finland)  »

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Chi era quella signora?  »

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Trivia

Certain elements of the plot resemble True Lies, in which Jamie Lee Curtis becomes involved with government agents without knowing her husband is really a spy. In this movie, Janet Leigh becomes involved with government agents while thinking her husband (Tony Curtis) works for the FBI, even though he doesn't. And by a strange coincidence, Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in the ESB's basement, after Ann storms out and David comes to, the unconscious Michael (lying on the ground) disappears from where he's lying as David walks past that spot and reappears when David returns. The bucket earlier thrown at him by Ann does not disappear, although it changes position after every cut. See more »

Crazy Credits

Tony Curtis physically rips the title off the screen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #11.10 (1960) See more »

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Who Was That Lady?
by Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by Dean Martin
Capitol Records
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Fast and frothy comedy of mistaken identity
20 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Janet Leigh interrupts assistant chemistry professor husband Tony Curtis at work she finds him in the arms of a female student ,and promptly sets about leaving him and petitioning for divorce .He turns in desperation to his friend -a TV scriptwriter played by Dean Martin.Together they concoct a story that he is an FBI agent whose romantic activity was all in the line of duty .Somewhat implausibly she believes the far fetched tale and the marriage is once again set fair.Or it would be but for unexpected complications--the real FBI are not amused by the deception;Martin siezes upon the deception as a cover for his serial womanising and some foreign spies believe Curtis and Martin may have secrets they can use.It builds to a frantic climax deep in the bowels of the Empire State Building, The movie has pace and this is what sustains interest for the script is pretty feeble -thin to the point of anorexia.The movie zips along briskly enough to paper over the cracks in the script and while rarely laugh out loud this is a genial and engaging comedy very much of its period in its attitudes to women who are here confined to domesticity and looking good.

Strong performances all round with James Whitmore especially good as an ulcer ridden FBI man and John mcIntyre as his superior.


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