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Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

Roger Willoughby is considered to be a leading expert on sports fishing. He's written books on the subject and is loved by his customers in the sporting goods department at Abercrombie and ... See full summary »

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Roger Willoughby is considered to be a leading expert on sports fishing. He's written books on the subject and is loved by his customers in the sporting goods department at Abercrombie and Fitch, where he works. There's only one problem however: he's never been fishing in his life. When the store owner enters him in a fishing contest, mayhem ensues. Written by garykmcd

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What is Man's Favorite Sport?...Just ask any Girl! See more »

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When Cahiers du Cinéma requested statements from a selection of auteur filmmakers from around the world for inclusion in the magazine, Howard Hawks simply sent a production still from Man's Favorite Sport of Rock Hudson up to his neck in the lake with no explanation. See more »

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When Abigail cuts the cast off Roger's arm with the circular saw, she is holding and running the saw backwards. See more »

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Referenced in Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino (1994) See more »

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Man's Favorite Sport
Music by Henry Mancini
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You Should Have Seen The One That Got Away
30 September 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In one of the funniest screwball comedies of the pre-World War II studio era, William Powell has a celebrated experience with a fish while he pretended to be a fishing expert. It was the highlight of Libeled Lady and I'm sure Howard Hawks thought that we could get a whole comedy out of that situation.

In Man's Favorite Sport he succeeds admirably. If the film had been done 20 years earlier, Cary Grant would definitely have been in the lead. The part of Roger Willoughby, who wrote a book on fishing based on hearsay from the various customers he's dealt with at Abercrombie&Fitch, would have been ideal for Cary Grant as it has just the kind of physical comedy that Grant was so adept at.

However Rock Hudson steps into the role admirably and for once he's the pursued and not the pursuer. Pursuing Hudson every step of the way is the kookie Paula Prentiss who seemed to study at the Carol Burnett school of zaniness for this part.

On a bit of advice from public relations expert Prentiss, Hudson's boss at Abercrombie&Fitch, John McGiver, has him enter a fishing tournament. When Hudson confesses he's never fished and hates the slimy things, Prentiss decides to help fake it through.

There are a lot of really great laughs in this film, but the best scene is Hudson trying out this inflatable suit for those who are fishing and fall in the water. He does and the results are hilarious.

Don't miss this film if it is ever broadcast.


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