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Lover Come Back (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 3 March 1962 (USA)
A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not been invented yet while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.

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Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton are both in the advertising business, but for different agencies. Annoyed by Jerry's methods of using alcohol and women to ensure contracts for his agency, Carol tries to get him thrown out of his profession. To avoid this Jerry bribes the girl who'd testify against him, by starring her in a TV commercial for a product named VIP that he's just made up. By accident these commercials are broadcasted and to keep his job, Jerry has to come up with VIP for which he enlists the help of Doctor Linus Tyler. Carol goes to see the Doctor to try and get the VIP account, but because she and Jerry have never met, she mistakes Jerry for the Doctor. Jerry then takes advantage of this situation to win her. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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A riotous new twist in the art of gentle persuasion! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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3 March 1962 (USA)  »

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Ein Pyjama für zwei  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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All close up shots of Doris Day are in soft focus. See more »

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Carol and Jerry sit reclined in deck chairs at the beach, but when they kiss, they are suddenly shown lying flat on a towel. See more »

Quotes

Alice: [of sex] It's like olives, dear. It's something you aquire a taste for.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.21 (2013) See more »

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Lover Come Back
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Music and Lyrics by Frank De Vol
Sung by Doris Day during the opening credits
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Take that,, Gloria Steinem!
15 September 2005 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

The feminist brigade will doubtless take offense, but this send-up of Madison Avenue, careerist women and consumerism is hilarious. Jackie Gleason was once asked why The Honeymooners has stood the test of time. A bit peeved, he replied, "Because it's funny."

The same with Lover Come Back. Almost every line is a joke, and every single joke works — it was funny in 1961 and is funny today. The script is tight and never insults our intelligence with implausible plot points. And the stars, Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall, are at their peak. And the feature roles are filled with great character players (Anne B. Davis, Joe Flynn and the great Jack Oakie). You'd almost think it was the golden age of the Studio System.

It's difficult to summarize the plot, because it would be like explaining the punch line of a great joke. Trust me on this: Lover Come Back will go down as one of the great comedies in movie history.

There's a scene at the aquarium, where Jerry Webster seduces Carol Templeton. It takes place in front of a tank with an angler-fish and a minnow. Need I say more?


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