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Director:
Writers:
Helen Gurley Brown (book)
Joseph Heller (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She wrote the book on love!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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A Game Cast Keeps This Screwball Sex Comedy Afloat and Then Some See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tony Curtis ... Bob Weston

Natalie Wood ... Helen Brown

Henry Fonda ... Frank

Lauren Bacall ... Sylvia

Mel Ferrer ... Rudy
Fran Jeffries ... Gretchen

Leslie Parrish ... Susan

Edward Everett Horton ... The Chief

Larry Storch ... Motorcycle Cop
Stubby Kaye ... Helen's Cabbie
Howard St. John ... Randall

Otto Kruger ... Dr. Anderson

Max Showalter ... Holmes
William Lanteau ... Sylvester
Helen Kleeb ... Hilda
Curly Klein ... Sylvia's Cabbie
Count Basie and His Orchestra ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Baker ... Pretzel Vendor (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Policeman (uncredited)

Barbara Bouchet ... Photographer at Anniversary Party (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Toll Gate Guard (uncredited)
George E. Carey ... Board Member (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Woman (uncredited)
Taggart Casey ... Guard (uncredited)
Buddy Catlett ... Bassist in the Count Basie Band (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Bum (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Arresting Police Detective (uncredited)
Philip Garris ... Young Man (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... Dr. A.L. Chickering (uncredited)
Tom Harkness ... Board Member (uncredited)
Sharon Johnson ... Sonia (uncredited)
Mary Kovacs ... Woman (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Salesman (uncredited)
Martin Martin ... Board Member (uncredited)
Cheerio Meredith ... Emily (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Board Member (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Harvey (uncredited)
Paddi O'Hara ... Strange Woman (uncredited)
Tom Quine ... Board Member (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man at Stocking Show (uncredited)
Irving Steinberg ... Board Member (uncredited)
Sheila Stephenson ... Board Member (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron at Anniversary Party (uncredited)
Fredd Wayne ... Frank (uncredited)
Yvonne White ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Helen Gurley Brown (book)

Joseph Heller (screenplay) and
David R. Schwartz (screenplay)

Joseph Hoffman (story)

Leslie H. Martinson  uncredited

Produced by
William T. Orr .... producer (as Wm. T. Orr)
 
Original Music by
Neal Hefti 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang 
 
Film Editing by
David Wages 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell  (as Cary O'Dell)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Norman Norell (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Sugar Blymyer .... hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist: Natalie Wood
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... second unit director (as Carter DeHaven)
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (as Charles L. Hansen)
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
 
Stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Neal Hefti .... conductor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Benno Schneider .... dialogue supervisor
 

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Runtime:
110 min | 114 min (TCM print)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | Germany:12 (TV rating) | Sweden:15 | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: None of the cabs have meters in them.See more »
Quotes:
Helen Gurley Brown:You know, when you smile like that, you *do* look like Jack Lemon!See more »
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Soundtrack:
What Is This Thing Called Love?See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Game Cast Keeps This Screwball Sex Comedy Afloat and Then Some, 19 April 2009
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

I actually find this scatterbrained 1964 comedy a surprisingly amusing screwball farce all these years later despite its titillating title. So apparently does director Peyton Reed since he based most of his 2004 comic pastiche, "Down with Love", on the storyline of this movie and less so on any of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson romps of the same era. Regardless, they all have the same brew of conjugal misunderstandings, mistaken identities and leering though never explicit sexuality because those were the days when a woman's virtue would never be compromised for anyone but the right man. Directed by the heavy-handed Richard Quine ("Paris When It Sizzles") and written by Joseph Heller (later the author of "Catch-22") and David R. Schwartz, this ridiculous comedy benefits from a game cast headed by Tony Curtis still riding high from "Some Like It Hot" (which is referred to for easy laughs in the story) and Natalie Wood who shows her comedy chops with dexterity here.

Curtis plays Bob Weston, a sleazy magazine writer for a men's magazine whose editors are intent on exposing Dr. Helen Gurley Brown as a fraud as a sex expert. Author of the best-selling "Sex and the Single Girl", Brown is not at all the clench-jawed celebrity author who wrote the real book and appeared on "The Tonight Show" constantly. Instead, she is a gorgeous, intellectually prodigious 23-year-old who extols female empowerment in the bedroom. Showing off his moral depravity, Weston steals the marital woes of her next-door neighbors, pantyhose magnate Frank Broderick and his acerbic wife Sylvia, and comes to see Dr. Brown as a patient. The rest is predictable but still a good amount of fun. Curtis was still at the top of his game here showing how he can easily elicit laughs from such a vile manipulator, but it's Wood who surprises as Brown. Displaying a nervous but infectious energy that feeds nicely into the two sides of the doctor, she is funny and sexy in a way that she could never quite balance as well again in her career. Witness the hilariously conflicted drunken scene in her apartment for evidence of her talent.

Quine was smart to cast three sharp stars in the key supporting roles - Henry Fonda as the put-upon Frank browbeaten into a sad man by Lauren Bacall pulling all the stops as the shrewish basket case Sylvia is, and Mel Ferrer as Brown's somewhat ambiguous colleague. Add a sultry Fran Jeffries who performs two numbers (including the title tune) for no apparent reason except to sell records, an even sexier Leslie Parrish ("The Manchurian Candidate") as Weston's secretary, and a genuinely funny extended car chase scene, and you have the makings of an under-appreciated sex comedy. The 2009 DVD, part of the six-disc "The Natalie Wood Collection", includes a Warner Brothers cartoon ("Nelly's Folly") and the original theatrical trailer.

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