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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

When older Mr. Fraleigh tells his underling to put a swimming pool in Beverly Boyer's (Doris Day) backyard before the commercial for the following night, the workmen are on site the next morning, constructing the pool, and it is complete that night. There is at least one problem which would make that impossible, curing (hardening) the concrete would take much longer than even 24 hours, which is double the amount of time depicted. See more »

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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

Gardiner Fraleigh: Call your baby! My wife's having a husband!
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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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The Thrill Of It All
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocals by The Johnny Mann Singers
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Well ahead of its time
10 June 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Before the women's movement and the advances in reproductive assistance, there was The Thrill of it All, a feel-good movie for its day (and its Day, namely Doris Day). Miss Day as a typical doctor's wife, and Miss Arlene Francis as a 40-plus woman giving birth for the first time, may have portended of changes to come in society.

If the movie were remade today, it would not be surprising that Dr. Gerald Boyer would be aware of in vitro fertilization and other reproductive technology. He would even get used to his wife being a working wife.

Anyway, it is good to see a film that was released in the early part of 1963, unaware of the tragedy the world would face before the year ended.


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