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 »

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay) (as Julius Epstein), Max Shulman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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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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Great on the Stage! Terrific as a Movie! See more »


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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

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Charlie and Joe (Frank Sinatra and David Wayne) are in the bathroom, the phone rings, Charlie goes into the bedroom and switches on a light as it's dark yet moments earlier it was light. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia Crewes: Joe, do you have any idea what's available to a woman of 33? Married men. Drunks. Pretty boys looking for someone to support them. Lunatics looking for their fifth divorce! It's quite a list, isn't it?
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.6 (1955) See more »

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(Love Is) The Tender Trap
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
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Pleasantly bland
1 March 2002 | by YakovDavidSee all my reviews

With the wonderful cast that this movie boasts, I really hoped this could have been a better movie. Blame the screenplay. It's the tale of a an urbane, irresponsible and very single male (the perfectly cast Frank Sinatra) being roped into domesticity by a simple and sincere young girl (Debbie Reynolds, who is pretty stiff and unspontaneous here). The message of the movie is that people cannot avoid their biological destiny...that they are happily doomed to meet and mate. Fair enough. That's been the premise of many a great screwball comedy and many great movie romances. The problem here is that everything is so predictable! There are no pleasant surprises in the characters here. All of the performers seem willing and able, but the script and direction are uninspired. The character played by Debbie is meant to be as cute as a button but is only annoying, and Frank never appears genuinely smitten. Even Franks's rendition of the title tune seems careful and sedate. Our couple here seemed destined for a very dull life in the suburbs. (Of course, this may have been an image of love and marriage that American popular entertainment was trying to sell really hard in the fifties. Safe and yawn inducing.)


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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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