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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 »

Director:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the film, Charlie & Julie watch a bit of an old movie on TV, a scene from Easy to Love (1953) with Esther Williams and John Bromfield, filmed in Technicolor, but broadcast in B&W, as most of them were at that time; however, MGM did not release that particular title to TV until nearly a decade later; the MGM film library which was finally released to television in the Fall of 1956, a year after The Tender Trap was released, did not include any titles filmed after 1948. See more »

Goofs

Charlie comes out of the shower bone dry with his hair perfectly combed and sprayed and towels off like he's wet. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in What's My Line?: Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher (1956) 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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Will Frank Sinatra Settle Down with Debbie Reynolds?
8 November 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

It's a CinemaScope culture clash when swinging Manhattan playboy agent Frank Sinatra (as Charlie Reader) falls in love with sweet marriage-minded actress Debbie Reynolds (as Julie Gillis). Fond of lipstick and liquor, Mr. Sinatra finds it difficult to commit. The surprising thing about this semi-serious sixties comedy is the thoughtful and mature subplot acted out by David Wayne (as Joe McCall), who moves in with Sinatra while contemplating divorce, and one of his promiscuous pal's girlfriends, Celeste Holm (as Sylvia Crewes).

With the lead relationship between Sinatra and Ms. Reynolds proceeding in flat and predictable fashion, Mr. Wayne and Ms. Holm are the ones to watch. They were nominated for "Supporting Actor" and "Supporting Actress" awards by "Film Daily". Also receiving industry attention was the great title track "(Love Is) The Tender Trap" by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, which received an "Academy Award" nomination. Sinatra's great Capitol Records version took an understandable and well-deserved trip to the US "Top Ten".

****** The Tender Trap (11/4/55) Charles Walters ~ Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne, Celeste Holm


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