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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
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

Producer Ross Hunter was furious when Walter Matthau looked for $100,000 . He cast a less costly Edward Andrews instead. See more »

Goofs

The drama series is seen in color on several Zenith 23" black-and-white TV sets in various locations, including Dr. Boyer's den (before he buys a color set). His black-and-white TV has a label reading "COLOR TV" in red letters, added for the film. 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 »

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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
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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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