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The Thrill of It All (1963)

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

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Mrs. Fraleigh
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Gardiner Fraleigh
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Old Tom Fraleigh
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Olivia
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Mike Palmer
Alice Pearce ...
Irving's Wife
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Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash ...
Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau ...
Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman ...
Dr. Taylor
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Billings
Alex Gerry ...
Stokely
Robert Gallagher ...
Van Camp
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Storyline

The Happy Soap Company is owned and managed by the Fraleigh family. Although he is more of a company figurehead than an active participant in the company's day-to-day business, anything that family patriarch Tom Fraleigh wants for the company he usually gets. What he wants is Beverly Boyer - the wife of his daughter-in-law's obstetrician, Dr. Gerald Boyer - to appear as the company spokesperson when Beverly, who he meets at a small dinner party, mentions a personal and true story about how Happy Soap saved her life. She is to appear in a live commercial spot during a Happy Soap sponsored television show telling her story just as she told Tom. Despite Beverly's performance going poorly in her own mind, Tom loved it and how refreshing and honest Beverly came across to the viewer. So Tom signs her to a one year, $80,000 contract to continue doing the same. This move is questioned by Happy Soap's own managers and its advertising company. But it is questioned even more by Gerald, who ... Written by Huggo

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

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Comedy | Romance

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17 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La salsa de la vida  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

Carl Reiner had intended the role of Beverly Boyer for Judy Holliday, whose ill health prevented her from making the film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cabbie: To err is human, to forgive is humaner!
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The Thrill Of It All
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocals by The Johnny Mann Singers
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Glossy Doris Day comedy hampered by outdated scripting
18 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

When housewife Doris Day gets a little taste of celebrity (doing a live TV commercial once a week) it burns her doctor-husband up. He can't stand it when she is asked for autographs, when he sees her picture on a billboard advertisement, when her fame gets them a great table in a restaurant and--most especially--the fact that she's making nearly $100K a year. But when her sponsors secretly put a swimming pool in their backyard, and the husband drives into it with his car, he's had enough! He yells at her, "Your rights as a woman are suffocating my rights as a man!" He pretends to date another woman and returns home "drunk", singing "How Dry I Am". None of this stuff belongs in a fluffball comedy. I enjoyed the satirical TV bits, all of Doris' TV commercials are highlights, the German maid is a hoot. But James Garner's role as the infuriated, jealous hubby who's had his ego bruised is an outdated drag. Doris is effervescent as usual (she's particularly good with the two cute kids in the film, and her hissy-fit after a row with Garner is to be cherished), but there's not much "Thrill" in watching Garner trying to belittle her. As for the sub-plot about an elderly couple expecting their first child...when does menopause start again? **1/2 from ****


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