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Top Secret Affair (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 January 1957 (USA)
Unhappy about the appointment of an army general to the chairmanship of an atomic energy committee, a publishing empire female tycoon invites the general at her country estate in an effort to entrap him and ruin his reputation.


H.C. Potter


John P. Marquand (novel), Roland Kibbee | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin
Paul Stewart ... Phil Bentley
Jim Backus ... Col. Homer W. Gooch
John Cromwell ... General Daniel A. Grimshaw
Roland Winters ... Sen. Burdick
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Holmes, Dottie's Butler
Michael Fox ... Reporter Laszlo 'Lotzie' Kovach
Frank Gerstle ... Sgt. Kruger
Charles Lane ... Bill Hadley


The head of a large publishing empire is dismayed when a top army general is about to be appointed to an atomic energy committee. She's determined to discredit him prior to the appointment and invites him to spend the weekend at her country home where she's arranged many traps. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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SHE WAS OUT TO GET THE GENERAL...But in the mix-up wound-up getting got herself! See more »




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General Goodwin tells Dottie that he's 6 feet tall, but Kirk Douglas was actually 5' 9". See more »


Douglas gives Susan a pistol and said it was a Luger. It was actually a Walther P-38. See more »


General Daniel A. Grimshaw: I did all I could. I'm just repeating what the Joint Chiefs yelled at me.
Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin: What a bunch of -...
General Daniel A. Grimshaw: I agree! I stood up for you. I argued till I was blue in the face. I said you were a tactical genius and a perfect officer... but I also had to admit you didn't know as much about women as you thought you did.
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Caissons Go Rolling Along
Music by John Philip Sousa from material by Edmund L. Gruber
Sung by Kirk Douglas
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Great energy from the leads
12 November 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

With the powerful energy and sex appeal present in both Kirk Douglas and Susan Hayward, isn't it strange that when they finally made a movie together, it was a comedy? It's an oddball comedy, a supposed battle of the sexes that doesn't really hit the mark of any target, but if you want to see both their energies up on the silver screen together, you've got to rent it.

Kirk is a war hero, a general up for a big promotion. Suzy is a journalist, in charge of a great deal of publicity (good or bad) in the country. She doesn't know him and doesn't like him, and she plans to turn a seemingly harmless interview into a damning reputation crusher. Kirk arrives at her house with his faithful sidekicks, Paul Stewart and Jim Backus, and his precise regime of eating, exercise, bedtime, and moral etiquette immediately irritate Suzy. What does she do when she realizes there's no legitimate dirt to find? She forgets she's a journalist and remembers she's a woman; in other words, she fights dirty.

Even though this is far from a romantic comedy, some naughty bits made it through the censors and amused audiences. In order to be alone with him, Suzy says she gets "inhibited with more than one man in the bedroom," effectively sending Jim and Paul away. When she's particularly mad, Kirk reminds her she can't yet make good on her threat to kill him, because "generals die in bed," and in that scene they're nowhere near a bedroom. There were some funny moments, and some more dramatic moments, but all in all it felt like a waste of their talents. Since we all know they're capable of making better movies, have one of your favorites on hand for next weekend.

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Release Date:

30 January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melville Goodwin, USA See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Maria, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Carrollton Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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