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Once Is Not Enough (1975)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 June 1975 (USA)
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An over-the-hill movie producer marries a wealthy, spiteful woman and closeted lesbian just to please his spoiled daughter who then, in an attempt to spite him, seduces both a wealthy ... See full summary »

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Mike Wayne
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Deidre Milford Granger
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Tom Colt
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David Milford
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Karla
Gary Conway ...
Hugh Robertson
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Linda Riggs
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January Wayne
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Mabel
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Leonard Sachs ...
Dr. Peterson
Jim Boles ...
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Ann Marie Moelders ...
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An over-the-hill movie producer marries a wealthy, spiteful woman and closeted lesbian just to please his spoiled daughter who then, in an attempt to spite him, seduces both a wealthy playboy and a local screenwriter. Written by Anonymous

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Jacqueline Susann's bold best seller that explored the avenues and darkest alleys of love among the international set. "Once Is Not Enough". See more »

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The character of novelist Tom Colt (David Janssen) was based on Norman Mailer. The award that Colt had won was the Pulitzer Prize. In real life, Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for "The Armies of the Night" in 1969. Mailer won a second Pulitzer Prize after the film was made, in 1980 for "The Executioner's Song". See more »

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January: [January contemplates renting her own apartment] I wouldn't ask Mike for the money. I have none of my own.
Linda Riggs: You'll work for Linda Riggs and Gloss magazine. With the circles you're traveling in, honey, you're an asset.
January: Linda, I can't write!
Linda Riggs: Neither can I! All you do is research. We have an entire staff of underpaid schmucks who do the writing. Oh, my dear, it's so lucky for you you've fallen into my hands. I'll teach you everything: writing, screwing, everything! Do you know what a man said to me ...
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Once Is Not Enough
Lyrics by Larry Kusik
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by The Mancini Sisters
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Putting the Jet Set Down
1 April 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

While nubile daughter Deborah Raffin (as January) recuperates from a motorcycle accident, "Academy Award"-winning movie producer Kirk Douglas (as Mike Wayne) marries super-wealthy Alexis Smith (as Deidre Milford Granger). This is because Mr. Douglas has fallen on hard times and wants to continue living a champagne caviar lifestyle, and Ms. Smith wants a backgammon partner. Smith is having an affair with reclusive movie queen Melina Mercouri (as Karla). Recovering beautifully, Ms. Raffin loses her virginity to stud cousin George Hamilton (as David Milford), who is also seeing Ms. Mercouri...

Raffin eventually falls in love with alcoholic writer David Janssen (as Tom Colt), after he fails to copulate with her best friend, promiscuous "Gloss" magazine editor Brenda Vaccaro (as Linda Riggs). Mr. Janssen thinks Douglas' film version of his "Pulitzer Prize"-winning novel was awful. Douglas disapproves, naturally, of his daughter's affair with Janssen...

The main theme of "Once Is Not Enough" appears to be the borderline incestuous love between Raffin and Douglas. Also, most of the couples have at least one bisexual partner; although there is no overt indication Janssen has any sexual interest in handsome astronaut Gary Conway (as Hugh Robertson), it's difficult to ascertain another reason for his inclusion in the storyline. Apparently, much was cut from Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel. She and Irving Mansfield began by assembling good production values, but lost control as the story was turned into something hesitating and vacuous.

Some trashy fun remains.

***** Once Is Not Enough (6/18/75) Guy Green ~ Deborah Raffin, Kirk Douglas, David Janssen, Brenda Vaccaro


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