San Francisco debutante, Jessica Poole, is marrying Napa Valley cattle rancher, Roger Henderson, and hopes her peripatetic father, "Pogo" Poole, whom she hasn't seen for years, comes to the... See full summary »
San Francisco debutante, Jessica Poole, is marrying Napa Valley cattle rancher, Roger Henderson, and hopes her peripatetic father, "Pogo" Poole, whom she hasn't seen for years, comes to the wedding. He arrives, disrupting the household of his ex-wife, Katharine, and her long-suffering husband, and befriending their cook, Toy. At first it seems that Pogo is set on breaking up the engagement, making up for years of neglect by wining and dining Jessica, showing up Roger as a hick, and enticing her to come to Europe with him. Then it seems his real goal is to win back Katharine's heart: why else would he have two tickets to Paris booked on a plane leaving right after the reception? Written by
The original Broadway production of "The Pleasure of His Company" opened at the Longacre Theater in New York on October 22, 1958 and ran for 474 performances. Samuel A. Taylor wrote the stage play with Cornelia Otis Skinner and wrote the screenplay for the movie version. The play received four Tony Award nominations, winning one for acting. See more »
When asked by James, Mr. Sanford tells him that Popo's plane leaves at 6:30. However, when everyone arrives at the airport to see Pogo off, the sign at the departure gate clearly shows the departure time as 4:30. See more »
I've seen this film many times, including my original viewing in the theater, and have always found it charming. The casting is perfect! Fred Astaire is perhaps the only person for the role of Pogo Poole (perhaps Cary Grant could have pulled it off as well!). He is a charming, sophisticated roué, yet, in his own way, caring of his long-neglected daughter. A part written for him!!! The rest of the casting is perfect! Lily Palmer strikes the perfect note as the mother/ex-wife. Sarcastic, yet understanding of Pogo's power's. Gary Merrell, as the exasperated, but understanding and trusting husband, couldn't be better! Debbie Reynolds brings her obvious talents to the role of the daughter who is star-struck by her world-traveler father. Tab Hunter is also well cast as the rancher-fiancée.
All this, combined with the witty, sophisticated script, makes for a very pleasurable experience in film. I love this charming, little movie!!
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