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Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961)

Gordon Slide and Blythe Holloway are platonic BFFs and fellow students at small San Paleo College. Gordon is bright - perhaps too smart for his own good as his smart-alecky way makes him ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Slide
Giuseppe La Barba
Toby Michaels ...
Blythe Holloway
Sen. Clyde Holloway
Dr. Frawley
Denny Miller ...
Oscar Flegler
Dee J. Thompson ...
(as D.J. Thompson)
Susan Silo ...
Robert Patten ...
Lt. J.G. Marchon
Shirley O'Hara ...
Clara Dumont
Tom Quain ...
Playboy at Party
Tiger ...
Sandra Slide


Gordon Slide and Blythe Holloway are platonic BFFs and fellow students at small San Paleo College. Gordon is bright - perhaps too smart for his own good as his smart-alecky way makes him the bane of anyone in authority. Blythe, on the other hand, is unwise to the general ways of the world. As such, Gordon acts as her protector, sort of like a big brother. Dr. Frawley, the school's dean, believes Gordon is a bad influence on Blythe, and thus forbids the two to associate with each other. Neither Gordon or Blythe want to spend their two week Easter break with their respective family, Gordon's being his jet setting playgirl twice divorced mother, Sandra Slide, who is vacationing in Hawaii, and Blythe's being her straight-laced widowed Colorado senator father, Clyde Holloway. Gordon devises a plan for him and Blythe to spend their Easter break together in his mother's empty beach front house in Balboa. Gordon's plan may be threatened if either of their parents or Dr. Frawley find out that,... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

15 December 1961 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Blond, süß und sehr naiv  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cami Sebring, who played Deborah Stevens in the movie (the one Fabian was kissing under the tree, and who was traveling to Fargo when boarding the train) was a top Revlon model, and was married to famous Hollywood hair-stylist, Jay Sebring. See more »


Love in a Goldfish Bowl
Music by Burt Bacharach
Lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Tommy Sands
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Dyed blond to not confuse the two idols
14 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this film way back when it first came out and the only thing I remembered about it was that Tommy Sands dyed his hair blond for this production. Seeing it now I think it was clear that they wanted both him and Fabian to have a distinct look. Tommy's hair was as black as Fabian and they could have been related. Since Jan Sterling was playing Tommy's mother it was Sands who got to become a blond like her.

The other thing I learned that the title song which is sung by Sands over the opening credits was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David one of their early numbers. The song Love In A Goldfish Bowl is hardly counted as one of their masterworks, pleasant though it is.

With the Code still firmly in place the film is an innocuous teen comedy about a boy and girl with parent issues who run away from school in Colorado and live at the boy's mother beach house in Balboa over spring break. The boy being Sands and the girl being Toby Michaels. You might best remember Toby Michaels whose career wasn't long as the ill fated trading post owner's daughter in Sergeant Rutledge. Her father is a rather well meaning but pompous US Senator played by Edward Andrews as only Andrews can play it.

Tommy's mother is Jan Sterling a jet setting socialite who probably didn't halt partying even having Tommy. He's a free spirit like his mother.

Things go all right until a sailing accident brings in the Coast Guard and a handsome sailor played by Fabian. After that all kinds of complications set in.

Love In A Goldfish Bowl was no strain on any of the performers. I'm only guessing about Tommy Sands's blond hair. Someone ought to ask him about it.

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