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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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She's hoping he's ready. He's wishing she's willing.

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Release Date:

17 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La salsa de la vida  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Boyer (James Garner) says that he helped Mrs. Fraleigh (Arlene Francis) to get pregnant after twenty years of trying unsuccessfully. This would have been just about impossible, because Arlene Francis, who portrayed Mrs. Fraleigh, was approximately 56 years old (and looked it) at the time the film was made, at least sixteen years past prime child-bearing age. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Beverly Boyer: [On live camera and nervous] Hello. I'm... I'm Beverly Boyer and I'm a pig.
Old Tom Fraleigh: A pig?
Mrs. Fraleigh: A pig?
Gardiner Fraleigh: A pig?
Mike Palmer: A pig?
Andy Boyer: What did mommy say?
Olivia: She said she was a pig.
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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 What's My Line?: Episode dated 22 March 1964 (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Thrill Of It All
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocals by The Johnny Mann Singers
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It is a thrill to watch!!!
15 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I know a lot of people may say this movie is sexist,and it certainly does focus on a man's ego(which still exists within many men today)but this movie is one my all time favorites.I love Doris Day and James Garner was so attractive in this movie that they make a very sexy,cute couple.I love the atmosphere of comedies from the early 60's,nothing can compare to them today.As far as so many people making comments on older women not having babies in the 60's,tell that to my mom who had me in 1964 at the youthful age of 41.The commercials are a hoot that Doris does and her daughter is adorable!!I found the Spot Checker chick much more offensive,with her non-existent intelligence, than the sexist view of Mr.Garner in this movie. 9 out of 10 stars from me on this timeless gem of a movie.


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