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Phffft (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 November 1954 (USA)
While pursing new companions, a former married couple keep running into one another all over town.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writer:

George Axelrod (story & screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Nina Tracey
Jack Lemmon ... Robert Tracey
Jack Carson ... Charlie Nelson
Kim Novak ... Janis
Luella Gear ... Edith Chapman
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Dr. Van Kessel
Donald Curtis ... Rick Vidal
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Storyline

After eight years of marriage, Robert and Nina divorce. He takes up with his womanising Navy buddy Charlie Nelson while she looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Both start dating other people, but although they try and ignore each other whenever they accidentally meet, it is obvious the past is not dead. Then one night they find themselves in a nightclub doing the mambo together. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phffft! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures approached George Axelrod to produce a film version of his very popular play, "The Seven Year Itch," but the film rights were tied up as long as it was running on Broadway. He instead offered them "Phffft!" - - an earlier play of his dealing with a similar subject. See more »

Goofs

Nina's martini glass moves from one hand to the other several time when she and Charlie are drinking martini's at the bar and again on the sofa See more »

Quotes

Charlie Nelson: A mustache is a very important thing. That's part of the famous Charlie Nelson theory in the efficacy of face hair in dealing with the opposite sex.
Robert Tracey: [Slightly taken aback] What?
Charlie Nelson: Always remember this: dames become unpredictable when faced with a mustache. It both arouses, and angers them, because... being as it is a symbol of masculinity, they feel drawn toward it.
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Just how many F's are in this title?
1 March 2014 | by jarrodmcdonald-1See all my reviews

Don't you love it when the title of a film has no vowels? And when it has an exclamation mark, too! It makes pronouncing it even more fun. Never mind spelling it correctly. (And I am usually a decent speller.)

At any rate, Judy Holliday (whose last name I finally learned how to spell) enjoys an easy chemistry with costar Jack Lemmon in this film. She may very well be one of the zaniest comediennes ever. Her expressions, the way she uses her voice, and the mambo dance number where she contorts her body-- make watching this movie almost illegal. Add Kim Novak to the mix as a light-headed chick that Lemmon dates on the rebound from Holliday and you have a criminally good time.


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