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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armadilha Amorosa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Debbie Reynolds and Frank Sinatra became good friends during filming. During production he took her to lunch and said, "Sweetie, don't get married. Don't marry a singer. We're nice guys but we're not good husbands." Reynolds was engaged to Eddie Fisher at the time, who ultimately left her for Elizabeth Taylor. 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: 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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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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Bright, breezy but ultimately unsatisfying
5 December 2000 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

A great title tune, attractive cast, mostly sharp dialogue, can't miss, right? Wrong; this is one of the most disappointing misfires of the 1950s, due largely to the lack of chemistry between Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds. The problem is largely due to the Reynold's character, which is so poorly written. Even the perky Reynolds can do nothing with this part. Fortunately she is off camera for most of the film. Unfortunately, that means there is no payoff for the film. If you must watch it, you will enjoy David Wayne and Celeste Holm. Otherwise, don't expect much.


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