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The Facts of Life (1960)

Larry and Kitty are two middle-class suburbanites who find themselves growing bored with their lives and respective marriages. Although each always found the other grating in manner, they ... See full summary »

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Melvin Frank
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Larry Gilbert
Lucille Ball ... Kitty Weaver
Ruth Hussey ... Mary Gilbert
Don DeFore ... Jack Weaver
Louis Nye ... Hamilton Busbee
Philip Ober ... Doc Mason (as Phillip Ober)
Marianne Stewart ... Connie Mason
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Thompson - the Dry Cleaner
Hollis Irving ... Myrtle Busbee
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Airline Clerk
Robert F. Simon ... Motel Clerk
Louise Beavers ... Gussie (as Louise Beaver)
Mike Mazurki ... First Husband in Motel Room
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Storyline

Larry and Kitty are two middle-class suburbanites who find themselves growing bored with their lives and respective marriages. Although each always found the other grating in manner, they find themselves falling in love when thrown together without their spouses on a vacation. After returning home, they try to break things off, but always seem to grow closer. A holiday together will finally settle whether they should end their marriages. Written by scgary66

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor es juego prohibido See more »

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HLP See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The injury to Lucille Ball was not the only problem to afflict the picture. Don DeFore injured his back, requiring hospitalization, and director Melvin Frank broke his ankle playing golf and had to hobble around on crutches. The film's publicist came down with a two-week case of the mumps, Bob Hope smashed his finger, and even the delivery man from Lucy's pharmacy fell into the same tank that the star had. To top things off, a few days after Lucy referred to her Desilu soundstage as a "firetrap," it partially burned down. See more »

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In the opening credits, Louise Beavers is listed as Louise Beaver. See more »

Quotes

Singer on the Radio: [Kitty is nervously waiting for Larry. She switches on the radio] This is my first affair, so please be kind...
[Kitty quickly shuts off the radio]
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The Facts of Life
Lyrics and Music by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
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Brief encounter in California
5 December 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This surprising film was shown on TCM recently. Not having seen it, and not having other choice, we decided to take a look, and quite frankly, it was a surprise. The film, directed by Melvin Frank and co-written with his partner, Norman Panama, shows two stars that endeared themselves to the American public at their best.

The story is just a pretext and a vehicle for the stars. The plot kept reminding us of "A Guide for the Married Man", but that's all the comparison, because one has nothing to do with the other. In fact, this is a film made in 1960 when nothing too risky would be tackled for the screen, yet, it presents two straying adults who suddenly find an attraction where dislike existed before.

Bob Hope was the surprise in the movie. He doesn't have a chance for uttering his one liners, as the script doesn't allow it. It was one of the best films in which he appeared, in our humble opinion. Lucille Ball was an excellent comedienne, and she shows it on this film.

The interesting supporting cast makes the best with the material they were given to play. The excellent Ruth Hussey is seen as Bob Hope's wife. Don DeFore, plays Lucille's husband. Louis Nye is also seen in the film.

The film is light and will charm anyone wanting to spend some time in the company of some of America's best comic talent of the past.


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