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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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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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The True Confessions and Intimate Secrets of the world's greatest authority on LOVE See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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1 November 1961 (USA)  »

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Un soltero en el paraíso  »

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$1,989,000 (estimated)
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The house Niles rents, as of 2018, still stands. It was built in 1959, has 2,083 sq. ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on a quarter-acre lot and is valued at $900,000. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Adam J. Niles: Now, let me see. You'll be my landlady and secretary, and I'll be your tenant and your boss.
Rosemary Howard: A very involved relationship.
Adam J. Niles: Yeah, and if you raise my rent, I'll lower your salary.
Rosemary Howard: You lower my salary, I'll raise my voice!
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Referenced in Hollywood My Home Town (1965) See more »

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Bachelor in Paradise
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Mack David
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Just OK as a comedy but a fascinating social document
17 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

A bachelor (Bob Hope) moves in a CA community called "Paradise Village" which consists mostly of married couples with children. He also (under a pen name) writes some fairly explicit books about foreign countries and women and plans to do one about this community. He falls in love with a real estate agent (Lana Turner) who wants nothing to do with him. He also starts to teach all the females in the neighborhood how to sexually excite their husbands. Soon, every one thinks he's having affairs with all the women--including their husbands!

Pretty mild sex comedy. It's not really funny (I never laughed out loud once, but I did chuckle a few times) but it's fairly amusing. It's definitely better than some of the truly awful movies Hope did in the late 60s (like "Boy Did I Get A Wrong Number" and "Cancel My Reservation"). Also it has an Oscar-nominated title song by Henry Mancini (he lost to his OTHER Oscar-nominated song 'Moon River' from "Breakfast at Tiffany's") and the movie looks great.

It is great though as a look at American styles and values in the early 1960s. Those "family communities" that existed back then; the way bachelors and unmarried women were treated and viewed; the way the houses themselves are decorated and styled; the "interesting" outfits worn and the values and mores of people back then.

The acting is just so-so. Hope is OK--but he was in his 60s when he did this--and it shows. But Turner is very good and just drop dead gorgeous and Paula Prentiss is hysterical as one of the neighbors. Also, it's interesting to see Agnes Moorehead playing a judge.

Very mild comedy but interesting.


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