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New York tourist Tony Curtis falls asleep on a Southern California beach on his first night in the West... See more » | Add synopsis »
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DON’T MAKE WAVES (Alexander Mackendrick, 1967) **1/2 See more (14 total) »


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Tony Curtis ... Carlo Cofield

Claudia Cardinale ... Laura Califatti

Robert Webber ... Rod Prescott

Joanna Barnes ... Diane Prescott

Sharon Tate ... Malibu
David Draper ... Harry Hollard

Mort Sahl ... Sam Lingonberry

Dub Taylor ... Electrician

Ann Elder ... Millie Gunder
Chester Yorton ... Ted Gunder

Reg Lewis ... Monster
Marc London ... Fred Barker
Douglas Henderson ... Henderson
Sarah Selby ... Ethyl

Mary Grace Canfield ... Seamstress
Julie Payne ... Helen
Hollie Haze ... Myrna (as Holly Haze)

Edgar Bergen ... Madame Lavinia
Paul Barselou ... Pilot (as Paul Barselow)

George Tyne ... Newspaperman

David Fresco ... Newspaperman
Gilbert Green ... Newspaperman (as Gil Green)
Eduardo Tirella ... Decorator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paula Angelos ... Waitress (uncredited)
Henny Backus ... Herself (uncredited)

Jim Backus ... Himself (uncredited)
Sharon Barker ... Gymnast (uncredited)
Alvenia Bentley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mel Berger ... Reporter (uncredited)
Richard Betts ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Robert Bolger ... Surfer (uncredited)
John Boyer ... Surfer (uncredited)
Norma Lee Browning ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Condylis ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tom Curtis ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paula Dell ... Gymnast (uncredited)
Don DeMieri ... Sundowner (uncredited)
Anthony DeZago ... Sundowner (uncredited)
Michael Dougherty ... Sundowner (uncredited)
Johnny Fain ... Surfer (uncredited)
Carol Ferges ... Gymnast (uncredited)
Darryl Ferges ... Gymnast (uncredited)
Bunny Fuchs ... Surfer (uncredited)
Eddie Garrett ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Barney Glazer ... Reporter (uncredited)
Abe Greenberg ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charlie Hickman ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dolores Hoff ... Gymnast (uncredited)
Bob Hoffman ... Reporter (uncredited)

Bill Kennedy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Duant King ... Surfer (uncredited)
Haji LaMee ... Waitress (uncredited)

China Lee ... Waitress (uncredited)
Ellen London ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Manners ... Reporter (uncredited)

Michael Nader ... Surfer (uncredited)
William O'Hallaren ... Reporter (uncredited)
Marlene Pacheco ... Acrobat (uncredited)
Ed Placidi ... Sundowner (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ann Reece ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Reporter (uncredited)
Vernon Scott ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ... Woman Eating Burger (uncredited)
The Sundowners ... Rock Band at Poolside Party (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mike Townsend ... Surfer (uncredited)
Candy Ward ... Waitress (uncredited)
Louis Wolfe ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Mackendrick 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Kirgo 
Maurice Richlin 
Terry Southern  uncredited
Ira Wallach  novel "Muscle Beach"
Ira Wallach  screenplay

Produced by
Julian Bercovici .... associate producer
John Calley .... producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Original Music by
Vic Mizzy 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop 
Film Editing by
Rita Roland 
Thomas Stanford 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno 
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Charles S. Thompson 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Beringer .... assistant director
Art Levinson .... dga trainee
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Bob Buquor .... skydiver (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff King .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Vic Mizzy .... conductor
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Leigh Hunt .... sky diving sequence
Eduardo Tirella .... technical advisor

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97 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Terry Gilliam was considered to play a role in this movie.See more »
Continuity: Early in the film when Claudia Cardinale invites Tony over to her apt, he is seen sitting in a chair on her porch clearly holding an unlit cigar. The camera cuts away to Claudia inside the apt who then comes out onto the porch -there is no cigar in Tony's hand. Claudia is holding a cigar box which she offers to Tony - he then picks out a cigar.See more »
Carlo Cofield:Look, all great salesmen are nothing more than just a uh - a collection of personality defects: the uh morality of a sieve, the... charm of a schizophrenic, the sensitivity of a rhino, and the uh - the scruples of a blackmailer.See more »
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DON’T MAKE WAVES (Alexander Mackendrick, 1967) **1/2, 4 July 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

This is one of a multitude of sex comedies Tony Curtis starred in around this time in his career; incidentally, I had seen about half of it some years back (also on Italian TV) but had to abort the viewing due to a bad reception!

Anyway, if the film is at all remembered today, it is primarily for two reasons: it not only marked the cinematic swan song of a great director, but was also the official Hollywood introduction of the beguiling but ill-fated Sharon Tate. Two more (if lesser) claims to fame should be the undeniably funny Chaplinesque ‘house-teetering-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff’ climax and the fact that leading rock band The Byrds perform the film’s rather charmingly light title tune.

Patchy and somewhat hesitant overall, it is nonetheless engaging and occasionally delightful; the satirical barbs aimed at L.A.’s muscle beach mentality (especially David Draper, the amiably moronic blonde hulk who is Tate’s boyfriend), the then-current astrological fad and businessmen indulging in extramarital activities often hit the target – even if with a much blunter edge than in Mackendrick’s previous film with Curtis, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957). Two other lively highlights of the film are the initial ‘meeting cute’ between Curtis and leading lady Claudia Cardinale (in which, as he tells her himself, she inadvertently manages to ruin his whole life in 30 seconds flat!) and the potentially disastrous sky-diving stunt performed by Tate and (unexpectedly) Curtis, which ends with both of them landing in his newly-inaugurated pool.

The film does benefit from a workmanlike cast: Curtis is in good form as an opportunistic young man who, while being compulsively pursued by the accident-prone Cardinale, becomes hopelessly infatuated with luscious, free-spirited beach girl Sharon Tate (her effortlessly sensual slow-motion exercises on the beach early in the film are quite disturbing to watch now when one realizes that she would die so horribly in less than two years’ time); Robert Webber is a swimming pool company executive driven to his wits’ end by lover Cardinale and the blackmailing schemes of Curtis, who soon shows his salesmanship skills by selling a pool to Jim “Mr. Magoo” Backus (playing himself) and a celebrity fortune-teller with the unlikely name of Madame Lavinia (played by famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen).

While it is undoubtedly Mackendrick’s least (i.e. most inconsequential) film – and could well have been the reason why he left the profession and went into teaching – it’s a tribute to his mostly unsung genius that the film is as enjoyable as it is despite the evident flaws.

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