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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 share... [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

Producer Ross Hunter unsuccessfully tried to reunite Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy to play the roles eventually played by Arlene Francis and Edward Andrews. Before Francis was cast, Kitty Carlisle was also mentioned for the part. See more »

Goofs

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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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
(uncredited)
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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Undated Romantic Comedy
23 May 2003 | by (Santa Maria, CA) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite Doris Day movies with James Garner, her OB doctor husband; but the funniest scenes of all was when Arlene Francis, who plays an older woman having her first child in a taxi cab because of a traffic jam, and her hubby is running all over the place. It is still an undated romantic comedy with some great one-liners. Doris gets bored with home life and becomes a superstar TV commercial for soap products; still this is one of her best because the writers were the best; Larry Gelbart and Rob Reiner 7/10


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