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I thought the movie at the time of its release was a great comedy. I watched it and was completely entertained.
I was always a fan of Jim Hutton and to this day I think Paula Prentiss was one of the sexiest females in Hollywood. This statement comes at a time when Marilyn Monroe ruled that venue. So I was a fan of Hutton and had a crush on Prentiss. You could probably deduce that my consideration of this movie is influenced by those facts and you would probably be right.
But, that is what made the movies like The Horizontal Lieutenant popular. Nice guys who were capable of drawing the audience into his predicaments and a beautiful co-star who usually got him out of his jam. Hutton and Prentiss could have done this forever as far as I am concerned and I would have gone babbling back to the movie. No matter how bad the movie was a 90 minute look at Prentiss was worth the pain.
This movie was not directed by some artist from a European country and it was not considered to be an artistic accomplishment. It was meant to be entertaining for a couple of hours and nothing more. It accomplished its goal hands down and need not hide its head in shame because it did not reach some haughty artitistic level.
I will admit that the fact that I thought that Paula Prentiss was a sexy woman may have something to do with my appreciation of this movie but I truly believe that I would have enjoyed it as much if Mary Wickes had been placed into Paula's role. If Mary Wickes had starred I would have to simply sit back and wait for the next Prentiss film.
Come to think of it Mary Wickes ain't that bad if she would only get a better make-up person. I have seen pictures of Mary Wickes when she was in her early twenties and she was a very attractive woman. If Mary Wickes had just come on the scene during the past 15 years she would have gotten Sarah Jessica Parker's part on Sex in the City.
But I digress...
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