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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

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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
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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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DORIS DAY......and JAMES GARNER......invite you to watch them enjoy... [The Thrill of it All] See more »

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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

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

Goofs

When Doris is drying her toddler daughter off near the tub, the child switches between being toweled down, wrapped snugly in the towel, and back again in a matter of seconds. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture of the light cavalry
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written by Franz von Suppé
(briefly played at the end when Dr. Boyer is riding on the horse through the traffic)
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Doris's Day
18 May 2010 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This is the first time I write a comment about a film. Considering that my favorite films, since I discovered the movies, are by Scorsese, Gonzalez Inarritu, Polanski, etc. What am I doing selecting a Doris Day comedy for my first review. Okay, let me tell you. I was overwhelmed by the sheer brilliance of the lady. I've always heard about Doris Day but I had never seen her (The Man Who Knew Too Much is my next one). She is extraordinary because in the midst of all the zaniness there is an unquestionable truth. I believed completely in her character I never thought for a moment she was trying to sell me something. I recognized her, I knew who her character was and then, of course, I laughed, loud and hard. So the reason that I've selected "The Thrill Of It All" as my first review is because that's what cinema is all about. Surprises and discoveries. Thank you Doris Day, you've given me something new to look forward to.


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