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Writers:
Cy Howard (screenplay)
Cy Howard (story)
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Release Date:
24 September 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ad-agency president Dan Edwards who, when he goes to Mexico to celebrate his nineteenth wedding anniversary... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Frank Sinatra ... Dan Edwards

Deborah Kerr ... Valerie Edwards

Dean Martin ... Ernie Brewer

Cesar Romero ... Miguel Santos

Hermione Baddeley ... Jeannie MacPherson

Tony Bill ... Jim Blake

John McGiver ... Shad Nathan

Nancy Sinatra ... Tracy Edwards
Davey Davison ... Lisa Sterling
Michel Petit ... David Edwards (as Michael Petit)
Trini López ... Himself

Joi Lansing ... Lola
Darlene Lucht ... Bunny (as Tara Ashton)

Kathleen Freeman ... Miss Blight
Flip Mark ... Rollo

DeForest Kelley ... Mr. Turner

Sigrid Valdis ... Kitty
Byron Foulger ... Mr. Bruno
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Anderson ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Parley Baer ... Dr. Newman (uncredited)
Jean Bartel ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Roberto Contreras ... Assistant (uncredited)
Douglas Deane ... Bearded Man (uncredited)
Stanley Farrar ... Assistant (uncredited)
Linda Foster ... Girl in Bathing Suit (uncredited)
John J. Fox ... Announcer (uncredited)
Nacho Galindo ... Mayor (uncredited)
Frank Gerstle ... Assistant (uncredited)
Gay Gordon ... Beach Character (uncredited)
Tina Mangosing ... Bridal Senorita (uncredited)
Hedley Mattingly ... Mr. Smythe (uncredited)
William Meader ... Clerk (uncredited)
Louis Nicoletti ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Karen Norris ... Assistant (uncredited)
Marliza Pons ... Lobby Senorita (uncredited)
Joe Raciti ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Cage Dancer (uncredited)
Linda Rivera ... Bridal Senorita (uncredited)

Reta Shaw ... Saleslady at Saks (uncredited)
Al Silvani ... Mexican Character (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jack Donohue 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cy Howard  screenplay
Cy Howard  story "Community Property"

Produced by
William H. Daniels .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels 
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
 
Art Direction by
LeRoy Deane 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Krams 
William L. Kuehl 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Joseph Musso .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Music Department
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
 
Other crew
George Barris .... car customizer: Zebra Mustang
Jonathan Lucas .... choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
109 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:14 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Nancy Sinatra was nervous acting opposite father Frank for the very first time. But worse than that, she was in the midst of a devastating divorce from first husband 'Tommy Sands' while shooting the picture, later saying that it was a good time for all the fellas on the set but she herself was extremely troubled.See more »
Quotes:
Shad Nathan:You're emotionally upset, have a glass of water.
Valerie Edwards:I don't want a glass of water, I want a divorce!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sweet Bird of Youth: Chasing Time (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
There Was a Sinner ManSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Musical Comedy Material Without Music or Comedy, 10 July 2010
Author: Jay Raskin from Orlando, United States

This movie stars Deborah Kerr, one of the greatest actresses in history. She was nominated for Academy Awards six times and should have been nominated a few more times. I just saw her in "Night of the Iguana," and I thought that was another performance she should have gotten an academy award nomination for. I have never seen her give a bad performance. She gives a charming and funny performance here, keeping the movie together. Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin are spotty, good in some scenes, not-so-good in others.Sinatra is mostly sleepwalking, with Martin occasionally giving some funny lines, but Sinatra doing one-take -- let me out of here,is it 5 o'clock yet -- readings.

This could have been a good movie. There are a couple of ways they could have gone with it. First, they could have turned it into a real musical. They already had two of the greatest singers of the time and Deborah Kerr who had starred in "The King and I". How hard would it have been to hire a couple of songwriters to knock out eight songs and get a choreographer to stage a few numbers. This would have added some energy to the slow,plot.

Okay, if they didn't want to turn is into a musical, they could have made it into a more realistic comedy. In the movie, Deborah is tired of her marriage to dull Frank and wants to marry swinging Dean. Fine, lets do it. Only in the movie, Deborah gets a fake divorce from Frank and a fake marriage to Dean. This is silly, not funny. In order for the movie to work, the divorce and marriage had to be real. This would, no doubt, have made Frank really sad, and not just pretend sad, as in the film, but that would have made us care about him. Because it is not a real divorce, and Frank and Deborah's marriage isn't really threatened, nor is Frank and Dean's friendship, there is no intensity to the film.

Divorce is a painful process. The filmmakers, and, I suspect, Frank Sinatra, didn't want any of that pain in the film. They just wanted a breezy comedy. Unfortunately, fake pain from a fake divorce does not equal comedy. Slipping on a banana peel is funny, faking slipping on a banana peel is not.

Most of the film is hit and miss. Joi Lansing as Dean's curvy secretary was funny. Having 21 year old Davey Davison as a Go-Go dancer lusting after 49 year old Frank was not.

You know the direction is not very good when you have Nancy Sinatra playing a scene as Frank Sinatra's daughter and you're convinced by the end of the scene that they have never met each before.

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