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The Tunnel of Love (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 20 April 1959 (Sweden)
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A series of misunderstandings leaves a married man believing he has impregnated the owner of an adoption agency, and that she will be his and his wife's surrogate.


Gene Kelly


Peter De Vries (novel), Joseph Fields (play) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Isolde Poole
Richard Widmark ... August 'Augie' Poole
Gig Young ... Dick Pepper
Gia Scala ... Estelle Novick
Elisabeth Fraser ... Alice Pepper
Elizabeth Wilson ... Miss MacCracken
Vikki Dougan ... Gladys Dunne, actress
Doodles Weaver ... Escort
Charles Wagenheim ... Day Motel Man
Robert B. Williams ... Night Motel Man (as Robert Williams)
Esquire Trio Esquire Trio ... Themselves - Party Musicians (as The Esquire Trio)


The Pooles are unable to have a baby after years of trying. They apply to the Rock-A-Bye Adoption Agency, and are assigned Miss Novick as an investigator. Through a farfetched mis-communication she gets a very bad impression of Augie Poole and indicates her report will be unfavorable. Through even more far-fetched circumstances, Augie is able to change Miss Novick's mind, and later comes to believe the baby she is carrying is his. Rock-A-Bye does find the Pooles a baby, and Augie is convinced it is Miss Novick's, and that he is the real father...so much so that his wife comes to believe it, too. She threatens to leave him, but all the misunderstandings are finally cleared up for a happy ending. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Hilarious Sophiticated Entertainment for ADULTS ONLY! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Doris Day's final black and white movie. See more »


In the scene when the women are on their bikes discussing the $1000 you can see leaves falling from the trees. However when the guys are inside, reference is made that the month is March. See more »


Dick Pepper: [Referring to his latest extramarital love interest] Ah, what a lovely thing. Just to look at her sends the blood coursing through my veins!
August 'Augie' Poole: [Cynically] In contrast to the *usual* route it takes...
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Music by Wolf Droysen (pseudonym of Wolfram Röhrig)
Josef Weinberger Music Ltd
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Unusual casting in a strange comedy
31 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

1958 was before Ross Hunter embarked Doris Day on the fabulous career she had in the '60s, in which she would become a top box office draw - in fact, THE box office drawer for years. In "The Tunnel of Love," she plays a sweet, vivacious woman who is desperate to have a baby and can't, so she and her husband, played by Richard Widmark, plan to adopt one. When the adopted baby bears a strong resemblance to Widmark, he becomes sure that the child is the result of an evening he can't remember with the investigative social worker (Gia Scala).

Based on a play, this kind of light, subtly sexual comedy became very popular on the dinner theater circuit in the '60s and '70s, joining the ranks of "Mary, Mary", "The Marriage Go Round," "Boeing Boeing," etc. It is not particularly well directed by Gene Kelly and sports the very strange casting of Richard Widmark as Day's confused husband. I can't agree with the comments here. Though an actor known for playing tough roles and cruel men, he does a credible job here mainly because he knows enough not to play for laughs. He creates a full character, that of a caring if foolish man who adores his wife but screws up occasionally. Gig Young plays the philandering husband next door. He's fine, but the character is very unlikable.

There's not really much to recommend here. I suppose at the time it was considered somewhat suggestive, but it doesn't play well today.

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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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