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Boys' Night Out (1962)

 -  Comedy  -  21 June 1962 (USA)
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Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williams
George Drayton
Doug Jackson
Marge Drayton
Joanne McIllenny
Ethel Williams
Oskar Homolka ...
Dr. Prokosch (as Oscar Homolka)
Howard McIllenny
Toni Jackson
Boss' Girl Friend
Peter Bowers
Mr. Bohannon
Mr. Bingham


Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children and TV-dinners. In secret, they get themselves an apartment with a beautiful young woman, Kathy, for romantic rendezvous. But Kathy does not tell them that she is a sociology student researching the sexual life of the white middle-class male. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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21 June 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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Stars of this film Fred Clark and Larry Keating have both portrayed Harry Morton on the Burns & Allen Show. See more »


[the boys are discussing which one of the four boys will get it on with Cathy on Mondays]
Fred Williams: I'm busy Monday nights.
Doug Jackson: That busy?
Fred Williams: Monday night the Greenwich Little League Association meets.
George Drayton: Little league? This is big league stuff, baby. Night games.
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Referenced in Batman: A Death Worse Than Fate (1966) See more »


Words by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Sung by Patti Page (as Miss Patti Page)
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Innocent times in suburbia
15 May 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Some films ought to be seen in the context of the era in which they were made. It's unfair, in a way, to dismiss a lot of them because they appear to be dated, or because they don't hold our attention because one can't identify with the subject which is being treated. This seems to be the case of "Boys Night Out", a mildly amusing comedy from the early 60s. Directed by Michael Gordon, it shows its age, but still, there are a lot of ingredients that show the viewer how we lived during those less complex times in this country.

"Boys Night Out" would be impossible to make in the present climate. Where could stars of the stature of Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall, be found to play in it? Salaries alone would make such an enterprise impossible by today's standards, and yet, a little more than forty years ago, this sleek package was put together without much problem, or so it appears.

The film offers some rewards to the viewer that stays with it. The idea of four men getting together to rent an apartment and get a dream woman to cater to their fantasies would not be easy to do without including a lot of sex. Little do these men realize they are, in turn, being a case study for the same woman they all desire.

Kim Novak, at the height of her beauty, does a wonderful job with her Cathy. James Garner also has wonderful moments, especially playing opposite Jessie Royce Landis, who appears as his mother. Tony Randall, Howard Duff, Oskar Homolka, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jim Backus, Fred Ward, and the rest of the cast are good in the film.

"Boys Night Out" is a comedy about male fantasy about the best of two different worlds.

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