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The Tender Trap (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 4 November 1955 (USA)
Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with ... See full summary »

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Charles Walters

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) (as Julius Epstein), Max Shulman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Charlie Y. Reader
Debbie Reynolds ... Julie Gillis
David Wayne ... Joe McCall
Celeste Holm ... Sylvia Crewes
Jarma Lewis ... Jessica Collins
Lola Albright ... Poppy Masters
Carolyn Jones ... Helen
Howard St. John ... Mr. Sayers
Joey Faye Joey Faye ... Sol Z. Steiner
Tom Helmore ... Mr. Loughran
Willard Sage ... Director
Marc Wilder Marc Wilder ... Ballet-Actor
Jack Boyle Jack Boyle ... Audition Dancer
James Drury ... Eddie
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Storyline

Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with Charlie's girl Sylvia while Charlie spends his time with young actress Julie. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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TENDER TRAP: What every girl sets for every man See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tender Trap See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Frank and Celeste also starred in High Society See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Sylvia enters his apartment, Charlie does a quick introduction of Sylvia to Julie, he says, "Julie you know Julie, don't ya?" See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Crewes: The night is young and we're middle-aged. Anything could happen.
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Connections

Referenced in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Pilot (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
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Not perfect, but what movie is?
15 August 2006 | by canadian_applepieSee all my reviews

The tender trap is a Sinatra film, a fifties time capsule. As such, it comes fully loaded with a swinger versus good girl mentality. The woman always wants the picket fence and the man always wants the ultimate bachelor lifestyle (in Sinatra's case, complete with sexy dog-walkers and cheese delivery). So with this sort of fluffy 50's movie, it's easy to scoff and call it outdated and campy, and neglect to consider the fact that perhaps there lingers in it the tragedy of the era. My apologies for melodrama. But in the character of Sylvie (the unforgettable Celeste Holmes) is there encompassed a certain element of poignance that is strange to find in such a film as this.

In the midst of the predictable plot and romantic mayhem sorted out so simply, perhaps by fate, perhaps by unimaginative writing. But in Celeste Holmes is there contained something deeper. A regret, hopelessness, I'll-settle-for-anything quality of the middle-aged (or thereabouts) successful career woman who didn't go for a family right away, and thus finds herself condemned to either "Married men. Drunks. Pretty boys looking for someone to support them. Lunatics looking for their fifth divorce!" or a Sinatra. To see her sitting at a table across from Debbie Reynolds, 21, with all her plan figured out beforehand, claiming that without such precautions a woman runs the risk of spinsterhood. You can't help but feel for the spinster herself as she gazes with quiet desperation at Sinatra. Her last hope.

Yes The Tender Trap had quite a few weaknesses, but in all, I can't help but find it strange and lovely to find such fluff encrusted poignance. Sinatra and Debbie were cute, but when it came down to it, Celeste Holmes was magnificent.


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