Bachelor Flat (1961)

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British college professor seeks peace in a California beach house but has nothing but trouble from an uninvited female 'juvenile delinquent', a neighbor with a mischievous dog, and a bevy of amorous American woman.



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Complete credited cast:
Libby Bushmill / Libby Smith
Mike Pulaski
Professor Bruce Patterson
Helen Bushmill
Francesca Bellini ...
Gladys Schmidlapp
Dr. Dylan Bowman
Ann Del Guercio ...
Roxanne Arlen ...
Mrs. Roberts
Alice Reinheart ...
Mrs. Bowman
Jessica Dachshund ...


Anthropology Professor Bruce Patterson (Terry Thomas) has the natural British charm that allures women automatically. When his fiancée Helen Bushmill (Celeste Holm) is abroad for an extended time, he has to fight the neighborhood ladies and his students away. Helen has failed to tell him that she has a seventeen year old daughter Libby (Tuesday Weld) who shows up at her mother's home unaware that she in engaged. Bruce's neighbor Mike (Richard Beymer) and his mischievous dachshund also get mixed up in the all the shenanigans happening around the "bachelor flat." Written by Richard Jones <>

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Release Date:

8 January 1962 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Apartamento de Solteiro  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Costume designer William Travilla designed the iconic The Seven Year Itch dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in the subway scene. In this movie actress Roxanne Arlen is wearing one of the four original dresses Travilla sent to 20th Century Fox. See more »


When the professor lifts the lid on the crate, Libby is buried under excelsior but when she climbs out she is only lying on top of it. See more »


Gladys Schmidlapp: You're so wonderful; not cheating on a friend. I can't wait 'til you two become enemies.
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That Shy English Charm Always Gets Them
21 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The very British talents of Terry-Thomas and the American comic genius of director Frank Tashlin produced a rather indifferent comedy in Bachelor Flat. Only in the last 10 minutes of the film do we see Terry-Thomas in his usual rakish, devilish character.

As his neighbor Richard Beymer says he's got a problem that every American male would like to have, he has to beat women off with a stick. Even though he's engaged to Celeste Holm who is in Paris and has rented him, her beach house the women just keep coming on to him. Especially the coeds at the college where he teaches paleontology.

One thing that Holm forgot to tell him is that she has a teenage daughter of her own from a previous marriage. And when Tuesday Weld drops in to the beach house for an unexpected visit that sets in motion a whole chain of events.

Bachelor Flat scored well at the box office due to current teen favorites Weld and Beymer. But Tashlin and Terry-Thomas have both done far better work. Even the good sight gag of a large dinosaur bone that Beymer's dachshund keeps trying to steal and bury worked a whole lot better in Bringing Up Baby. The film is all right, but everybody in the cast has done better work.

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