The Thrill of It All (1963)

Approved  |   |  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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Old Tom Fraleigh
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Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman ...
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She's hoping he's ready. He's wishing she's willing.


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Release Date:

17 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Was diese Frau so alles treibt  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ad agency's viewing room has both color and black-and-white TVs side by side. This was common at ad agencies in the 1960s to confirm that color commercials would also be acceptable on black-and-white sets. See more »


Beverly tells the kids they cannot stay up to watch her, yet her program is on Friday nights. See more »


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 »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 22 March 1964 (1964) See more »


The Thrill Of It All
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocals by The Johnny Mann Singers
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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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