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Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

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A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown.

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Bob Weston
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Helen Brown
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Frank
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Sylvia
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Rudy
Fran Jeffries ...
Gretchen
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Susan
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The Chief
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Motorcycle Cop
Stubby Kaye ...
Helen's Cabbie
Howard St. John ...
Randall
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Dr. Anderson
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Holmes
William Lanteau ...
Sylvester
Helen Kleeb ...
Hilda
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Storyline

Using Helen Gurley Brown's book as a jump off point, we follow the adventures of a supermarket tabloid editor as he tries to parlay an interview with the author of the book into headlines and sales. Of course, a romantic entanglement ensues. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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love | tabloid | sex | neighbor | psychologist | See more »

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She wrote the book on love!

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Comedy | Romance

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25 December 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Sexo y la Joven Soltera  »

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1.85 : 1
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Character actress Cheerio Meredith, who played the old lady in the antique car driven by Burt Mustin, died the day of the film's premiere. See more »

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None of the cabs have meters in them. See more »

Quotes

Helen Gurley Brown: [Indignantly to Rudolph] This filthy rag is using sex and me for no better purpose than to make money!
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Referenced in What I Like About You: Sex and the Single Girls (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

What Is This Thing Called Love?
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Fran Jeffries, with Count Basie and His Orchestra
Briefly reprised by Lauren Bacall
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A Total Waste - Cartoonish Garbage
7 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a movie that could have been a 60s classic lampooning tabloid journalism, skin-deep psychology, proto-feminism, marital problems, hypocrisy, and sexual freedom. Instead, it is a cartoonish pastiche of amateurish slapstick, poorly-time jokes, silly contrived situations, and one of the most idiotic and long car chases in the history of cinema.

The idea of a sleazy editor doing a hatchet job on a 23-year-old virgin psychologist who has written a bestseller affirming the sexual lives of single women should certainly have hilarious possibilities - specially if he is a liar, she cannot handle her own feelings, and they are sexually attracted to each other. However, the script is ludicrous and inconsistent often degenerating into total silliness: at first, the story appears to take place in New York, then all the characters end up at the L.A. airport; a woman is singing with the Count Basie Orchestra and trying to land a recording contract, then she wants to fly away with any man anywhere; a man struggles with his business and marriage, then he just decides to fly away to Hawaii or Fiji.

The inept direction give us the sad spectacle of screen giants Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall doing the twist while the Count Basie Orchestra is performing a swing song! They try saying their idiotic lines with utter lack of conviction - probably this movie was an embarrassment to them. Natalie Wood and Tony Curtis also fail at being funny although that is the script's fault and not their own. In the long run, it is hard to watch so much stupidity and wasted talent on the screen. Avoid it at all costs.


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