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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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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
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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
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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:

Was diese Frau so alles treibt  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Mr. Boyer is giving directions to Mike in front of the Cartier Hotel to the Doctor's Hospital to meet up with Mrs. Fraleigh to deliver her baby, he says to go up 3rd Avenue to 88th and east to the river. That is exactly how you get to Gracie Mansion, official residence of the Mayor of NYC. See more »

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Mrs. Fraleigh (Arlene Francis) was just three months away from her 56th birthday. In actuality, she clearly past child bearing age in real life. Gardiner Fraleigh (Edward Andrews) was also just three months away from his 49th birthday. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Fraleigh: There's nothing more fulfilling in life than having a baby.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Overture of the light cavalry
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written by Franz von Suppé
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Nobody Lost Their Temper Like Doris
1 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Doris Day was one of my favorites in the 50s and 60s, even in her

final clunkers, she always rose above the material. Thankfully in

the early 60s she was at her most productive, giving really fine

comic performances that not even Goldie Hawn could match in

quality. Here's she's the attractive housewife to James Garner's

equally attractive pediatrician husband. They live in the burbs, and

at a dinner party, she's suddenly offered the opportunity to become

a pitchwoman for a line of laundry detergent. It's not a hard

job--the advertising agency simply shoots the TV spots in her

home. But Doris becomes a star, and her well-ordered life veers

completely out of control. Her mildly chauvinistic husband (typical

of the times) hates her working, taking time from him and the kids

(okay for him to be constantly busy and challenged by his work).

You need know nothing more of the plot, which involves the head

of the agency's wife giving birth in a limousine, and the by now

somewhat separated Day/Garner partnership finds their spat over

with a big embrace before the final credits.

A smart script by Carl Reiner and Doris at her comic and

glamorous best (the costumes are really gorgeous early 60s

knockouts) with wonderful chemistry supplied by hunky Garner.

The kids are cute, Arlene Francis and Edward Andrews are fine

comic foils. I've seen this movie a half a dozen times, and always

watch when it's on late-night TV. The scene where Doris finally

loses her temper over her husband's un-reasonable jealousy and

anger over his wife's career, is a howler. As she demonstrated in

all her movies with Rock Hudson, nobody can boil over in comic

rage better than the adorable Miss Day.


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