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The Facts of Life (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Comedy | 14 November 1960 (USA)
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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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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Drama | Romance | Comedy

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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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Trivia

Final film of Louise Beavers. NOTE: She died two years later. See more »

Goofs

Shadow of equipment swoops over set as Larry enters kitchen for breakfast. 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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Referenced in What's My Line?: Lucille Ball (2) (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Facts of Life
Lyrics and Music by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé
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A good object lesson for couples...but not necessarily a comedy.
24 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have seen a bunch of Bob Hope films, though few from the later part of his movie career. This is because all the Hope films from the 60s that I have seen (especially "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number") have been disappointments. Despite this, I decided to try "The Facts of Life"...and was very much surprised. The big surprise is that the film really wasn't a comedy!!

Larry (Hope) and Kitty (Lucille Ball) both hang in the same social circle but are hardly friends. She thinks he's a bit of a blowhard. Despite this, neither one realizes that they DO have something in common...inattentive spouses who take them for granted. This becomes obvious when these couples are headed to Mexico for a grand vacation. This is because Kitty and Larry's spouses both have something seemingly better to do and instruct their partners to go without them. In essence Larry and Kitty are pushed together and nature takes its course...and they slowly find themselves falling in love.

Well, this made for a lovely vacation for the two but they both realize that it just cannot be and plan on returning home to their old dull lives. The problem is that when they return home, their spouses continue to find lots of things which are more important than nurturing them. So, the pair decide to pick up where they left off...though complications naturally ensue.

If this doesn't sound like a comedy, well, it really isn't...at least the first half of the film. There are a few mildly funny bits here and there but it's obvious these folks weren't trying to make a comedy but more a romantic drama about marriage and straying spouses. However, when the pair finally get off together once again, the romance becomes far less romantic and the emphasis is on laughs AND reality...the reality that it was just a vacation infatuation after all and an affair ain't so easy after all.

In many ways, this film would be great for couples to watch...particularly folks who have been together for many years. It's a great object lesson about what NOT to do in your marriage as well as to encourage you to keep that love alive.


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