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The Thrill of It All (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1963 (USA)
A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Fraleigh
Gardiner Fraleigh
Old Tom Fraleigh
Mike Palmer
Irving's Wife
Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash ...
Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau ...
Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman ...
Dr. Taylor
Robert Gallagher ...
Van Camp


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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's hoping he's ready. He's wishing she's willing.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

17 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Was diese Frau so alles treibt  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The music used during the scene that Mrs. Fraleigh is having her baby in the limousine is the same music used in the pilot for 'The Munsters'. The pilot made in 1963 did not air for the public until 2007. See more »


Beverly pulls the same part of the gown off of Gerald's head twice after Gerald trips over the camera equipment (when the crew is filming a commercial in the couple's bedroom). See more »


Cabbie: To err is human, to forgive is humaner!
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Crazy Credits

The credit for David Webb's Jewels is followed with Cameos by Carl Reiner (a cameo being a form of jewelry, but in this case substituting as Reiner's credit for his series of appearances within the film) See more »


Referenced in The Munsters: My Fair Munster: Unaired Pilot 1 (2004) See more »


The Thrill Of It All
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocals by The Johnny Mann Singers
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Good old fashion fun
26 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is pretty tops in my book. Love the older movies of the 30's to mid 60's when writing was number one and stars were STARS. Doris Day can't give a bad performance, and in this one she's really in her league. An underrated comic actress who could give lessons to these up and coming bimbos. James Garner is his usual self, and that ain't bad. The sub plot of Arlene Francis' pregnancy is what starts the ball rolling. Best scenes are the Doris Days commercials, especially the first one. She out does Lucy! For shear entertainment, don't miss this one. Oh, twin beds for two attractive and sexy people? Too bad the movies were so "proper" in those days. Aside from that, the oldies are really goodies! Not one swear word, no nudity, no sex scenes. How refreshing.

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