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The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 23 August 1957 (Ireland)
When a movie star is kidnapped, everyone thinks it's a publicity stunt. It's not.


Norman Taurog


Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Sylvia Tate (based on a novel by)

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Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Laurel Stevens
Keenan Wynn ... Dandy
Ralph Meeker ... Mike Valla
Fred Clark ... Police Sergeant McBride
Una Merkel ... Bertha
Benay Venuta ... Daisy Parker
Robert Harris ... Barney Baylies (as Robert H. Harris)
Bob Kelley Bob Kelley ... Television Announcer
Dick Haynes ... Disc Jockey
John Truax John Truax ... Publicity Agent
Milton Frome ... Police Lieutenant Dempsey
Adolphe Menjou ... Arthur Martin


Laurel Srevens (Jane Russell) is a movie star who's kidnapped by a pair of desperate amateurs - Mike Valla (Ralph Meeker) and "Dandy" (Keenan Wynn). But the pair get cold feet, and decide to let her go. Worried abut the effect a faked kidnapping would have on her career, Laurel tells them they've got to go through with it. She points out she'd been party to a number of outrageous publicity stunts during her career, and since they abducted her on the eve of the release of her newest film, "The Kidnapped Bride," she fears her career will collapse, unless they make the kidnapping appear real. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Sizzling Hot Story of a Kidnapped Movie Goddess who Fell for the Guy who Snatched Her! See more »


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

23 August 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noiva Raptada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Russ-Field Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many gossip columns reported that Dean Martin was to be cast in the role of Mike, however for some reason, the role went to Ray Danton, then finally to Ralph Meeker. See more »


Laurel Stevens: Look, what have you got against me, anyway?
Mike Valla: I don't like phonies.
Laurel Stevens: So what's phony?
Mike Valla: You! Big man expert, phony act, phony everything.
Laurel Stevens: This just happens to be a legitimate article. People pay good money to look at it.
Mike Valla: [Scoffing] "Look." When I was a kid there was a little weasel who ran a candy store on Coney Island. Sundays and holidays he'd put a big sign in the window, "Free Bubble Gum." Only, the store was always closed. Next day the price went right up out of the market. I never got enough of...
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Referenced in Biography: Jane Russell: Body and Soul (1997) See more »

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Stockholm Jane
22 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A generation before Patty Hearst embraced her kidnappers and joined in their criminal enterprises, Jane Russell in The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown feels kind of sorry for kidnappers Ralph Meeker and Keenan Wynn and actually falls for Meeker. Totally outrageous but these two are such schlepps you can feel sorry for them. And God knows as movie star playing a movie star Russell knew what it was like to be trapped in that plastic bubble.

Given what Wynn's straight job is in the film their scheme wasn't a bad one. Of course that would have meant killing Russell to keep her quiet or keeping Wynn from her. You'll have to watch the film to see what I mean.

The title is the rather ridiculous looking feminine nightgown they have for Russell to wear while they are holding her. For myself when you use a color in a title it's almost a necessity to shoot in color. You will see no Fuzzy Pink Nightgown on the screen in this black and white film.

The cast also includes Adolphe Menjou as the studio head, Robert Harris as Jane's agent, Una Merkel as her secretary, and Fred Clark as the cop assigned to the case. All filling out their type cast parts.

The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, this film about the Stockholm syndrome years before it was called that has a few laughs, but generally is kind of flat.

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