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Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 November 1961 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Larry Delavane
Thomas W. Jynson
Camille Quinlaw
Judge Peterson
Florence Sundstrom ...
Mrs. Pickering
Austin Palfrey
Rodney Jones
Attorney Backett
Mrs. Brown
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
McCracken (scenes deleted)


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 »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

1 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un soltero en el paraíso  »


Box Office


$1,989,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film was unsuccessful at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $344,000 ($2.85M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »


After Niles tells Rosemary he will sleep on the couch, she shuts off the lights and goes back to bed. Then, when she sits up, another light inexplicably and very noticeably comes on to more fully illuminate her. See more »


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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Referenced in Hollywood My Home Town (1965) See more »


Bachelor in Paradise
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Mack David
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One of Hope's best - everyone was superbly cast!
20 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

I saw this motion picture in 1961, and it stuck with me for a few reasons. I was raised in a tract neighborhood nearly identical to 'Paradise Village', so it's like 'going home'. Hope was never funnier along with Lana Turner, but Janis Paige was superb in her role as a 'seductress'. I'm told that Miss Turner had never been in a supermarket prior to the scenes of this picture...but she had so much fun after that, her daughter took her almost weekly to one. The music is spectacular, especially the Henry Mancini-penned theme at the beginning and end - it's the first piece of 'sophisticated scandalous' music I can remember hearing. Many shots of some great now-classic autos, as well(Dodge, Chrysler 300, etc.). Al in all, it's a 'dated' motion picture, but still funny and enjoyable to watch.

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