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Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

A. J. Niles is the author of a series of 'Bachelor Books'. These books describe the romantic life of a bachelor in various cities of the world. But when he runs into trouble with the I.R.S.... See full summary »

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Adam J. Niles
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Rosemary Howard
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Dolores Jynson
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Larry Delavane
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Linda Delavane
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Thomas W. Jynson
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Camille Quinlaw
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Judge Peterson
Florence Sundstrom ...
Mrs. Pickering
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Austin Palfrey
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Rodney Jones
Alan Hewitt ...
Attorney Backett
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Mrs. Brown
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McCracken (scenes deleted)
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A. J. Niles is the author of a series of 'Bachelor Books'. These books describe the romantic life of a bachelor in various cities of the world. But when he runs into trouble with the I.R.S. for back taxes, he needs to write another book fast, to pay them. His publisher decides a book about life in the American suburbs would be a hit, and settles him into Paradise Cove. One bachelor plus lonely housewives equals many angry husbands. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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He's the world's greatest authority on love... and she has a few ideas of her own! See more »

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1 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Un soltero en el paraíso  »

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Peter Pickering: [Along with his sister, Sissy, coming over to meet their new neighbor] Hi. Who are you?
Adam J. Niles: I'm Mr. Adams. I'm moving in here.
Peter Pickering: I'm Peter. I live down there.
Adam J. Niles: Down where?
Peter Pickering: I won't tell you. I'm not supposed to talk to strangers.
Sissy 'Mrs. McIntyre' Pickering: Is he a stranger?
Peter Pickering: [Motioning to his sister, who appears to be about 4 years old] Sure... This is my sister, Mrs. McIntyre.
Adam J. Niles: "Mrs." McIntyre? Well, ma'am, how do you do?
Sissy 'Mrs. McIntyre' Pickering: How do I do what?
Adam J. Niles: [Making a face] It's just not my day for women.
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Worth a look at back when
26 March 2005 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Bob Hope plays a worldly writer whose specialty is the sexual practices of Europeans. He is called back to the U.S. from his home on the French Riviera after his business manager takes off with his money, leaving him with back taxes to pay. His editor (played by the delightfully droll John McGiver) assigns him to write a book about the sexual practices of American suburbanites and places him in a tract house in a new Southern California subdivision. There, Hope meets the glamorous Realtor Lana Turner, who has given up on men, and the wacky pre-feminist wives and mothers who are his neighbors. Romance and troubles follow to a predictable ending.

This is escapist humor at its purest, produced at a time when Americans faced a world on the brink of nuclear war. Filmed on location, it also provides a fascinating look at the culture of the time, making you wish you were living then amid the Atomic Age architecture. Dig those compact tract homes in California coral and aquamarine, that far-out supermarket with the giant windows in front, that snappy diner with the carhops, that chic barbecue restaurant where they serve shrimp cocktails, ribs and gibsons al fresco! (I wish I knew where it was filmed).

The first hour is great, with quirky comic turns by Paula Prentiss as the kooky young wife next door, Janis Paige as the sexy divorcée on the make and Reta Shaw as the overbearing neighborhood snoop. Unfortunately, the second half drags down with some kind of plot about artistic freedom. Bob Hope grows more grating as it goes along, and most of the action moves inside to studio sets.

Still, it's a nice trip back to 1961.


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