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The Pleasure Seekers (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | March 1965 (Austria)
Three American lovelies room together in Madrid and all manage to get themselves into seemingly unhappy relationships with fellows.

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Fran Hobson
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Emilio Lacayo
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Maggie Williams
Gardner McKay ...
Pete Mc Coy
Pamela Tiffin ...
Susie Higgins
André Lawrence ...
Dr. Andres Briones (as Andre Lawrence)
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Jane Barton
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Neighborhood Man
Isobel Elsom ...
Dona Teresa Lacayo
Maurice Marsac ...
Jose
Shelby Grant ...
Marian, American Girl
Raoul De Leon ...
Martinez
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Paul Barton
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Flamenco Dancer
Emilio de Diego ...
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Three American lovelies room together in Madrid and all manage to get themselves into seemingly unhappy relationships with fellows. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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They're out to make the most of Madrid... and those hot-blooded Spaniards are willing! See more »


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Drei Mädchen in Madrid  »

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A disappointment at the box-office, summed up by Ann-Margret in her auto-biography: "Nobody wanted to see me as a woman of the world. They wanted Kim from "Bye Bye Birdie". Elvis had the same problem. Audiences didn't want us to grow up." See more »

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Maggie Williams: Susie, you're so dumb!
Susie Higgins: I know I'm dumb! But it's all I have to work with.
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Remake of Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) See more »

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Everything Makes Music When You're in Love
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Ann-Margret and André Lawrence (uncredited)
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The blonde, the brunette, and Big Red
28 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

When servicemen of the sixties were polled over who was their favorite female star, Ann-Margret was it. To them, she must have been a tantalizing tease with big, red hair, and when she shook her head, it looked like it was on fire. She must have kept them pretty happy with those moves of hers. The camera always seemed fixated on her gyrating behind. She was irrepressible; even if you knew better, you couldn't take your eyes off her. (Elvis Presley at one point fretted that she might steal "Viva Las Vegas" right out from under him.)

In "The Pleasure Seekers" she plays Fran Hobson, a sometimes-working singer/dancer holed up in Madrid who, between gigs, passed the time dreaming of landing Mr. Right. He comes in the form of a young Spaniard doctor (Andre Lawrence) whose own dream is to render medical service to the poor, a dream which doesn't include a wife. He changes his mind, of course. What man in a uniform wouldn't?

Hers is not the most interesting romantic entanglement. That one belongs to nifty Carol Lynley as Maggie Williams who harbors impure designs on her boss (Brian Keith) only to be publicly humiliated for them by his wife (a not-so-well-aged Gene Tierney). Lynley ends up with Gardner McKay (whom I would confuse with Richard Beymer if I wasn't paying attention).

"The Pleasure Seekers" belongs to a long tradition of movies with three single women in the leads seeking husbands as far back as I can remember as the 1932 release "Three On A Match" with Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, and Bette Davis. With this one, director Jean Negulesco is actually remaking his 1954 "Three Coins In A Fountain" which won the Academy Award for best song. The musical efforts in this movie by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen are respectable enough. How could you not like Ann-Margret serenading the object of her desire with "Something to think about" or her bouncing her way through "Everything Makes Music When You're In Love" in a tight bikini?

With my favorite Italian actor in the whole wide world Vito Scotti as the girls' next-door neighbor; Anthony Franciosa; and ditzy Pamela Tiffin to round out the sublet. By the looks of the leads, you'd think they were cast for their hair color. Negulesco might have called this one "The Blonde, the Brunette, and Big Red."


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