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Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 November 1961 (USA)
A bachelor author of sleazy books moves to a family-oriented subdivision where he becomes an unofficial relationship advisor to unhappy local housewives, to the dismay of their respective husbands who suspect him of sexual misconduct.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Valentine Davies (screenplay), Hal Kanter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Adam J. Niles
Lana Turner ... Rosemary Howard
Janis Paige ... Dolores Jynson
Jim Hutton ... Larry Delavane
Paula Prentiss ... Linda Delavane
Don Porter ... Thomas W. Jynson
Virginia Grey ... Camille Quinlaw
Agnes Moorehead ... Judge Peterson
Florence Sundstrom Florence Sundstrom ... Mrs. Pickering
John McGiver ... Austin Palfrey
Clinton Sundberg ... Rodney Jones
Alan Hewitt ... Attorney Backett
Reta Shaw ... Mrs. Brown
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Engel ... McCracken (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A. J. Niles is the author of a series of 'Bachelor Books'. These books describe the romantic life of a bachelor in various cities of the world. But when he runs into trouble with the I.R.S. for back taxes, he needs to write another book fast, to pay them. His publisher decides a book about life in the American suburbs would be a hit, and settles him into Paradise Cove. One bachelor plus lonely housewives equals many angry husbands. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The True Confessions and Intimate Secrets of the world's greatest authority on LOVE See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un soltero en el paraíso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,989,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,500,000, 31 December 1961
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Agnes Moorehead, who played a judge, and Reta Shaw, who was the nosy busybody, would both be on Bewitched a few years after this movie was released. Moorehead played Endora, and Shaw played Aunt Hagatha (4 episodes). They both also appeared in Pollyanna the previous year as Mrs. Snow and Tillie Lagerlof, respectively. See more »

Goofs

After Niles tells Rosemary he will sleep on the couch, she shuts off the lights and goes back to bed. Then, when she sits up, another light inexplicably and very noticeably comes on to more fully illuminate her. See more »

Quotes

Adam J. Niles: What do you say we break out of here tonight and let me take you to dinner?
Rosemary Howard: Thank you, but I have a business appointment.
Adam J. Niles: Oh... What about tomorrow night? Lonely bachelors should stick together, don't you think?
Rosemary Howard: Oh, definitely! And if I find one that I think you'd like, I'll let you know, Mr. Adams. Good bye!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood My Home Town (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Bachelor in Paradise
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Mack David
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Paradise in the Suburbs
18 November 2011 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

Long time ago I was surprised when I realized that the director of "Bachelor in Paradise", was the same person who made the masterpiece "The Incredible Shrinking Man", and the one behind cult classics as "It Came from Outer Space", "Creature from the Black Lagoon", and "Tarantula"; not to mention fillers as "Monster on the Campus", and hundreds of TV episodes from all kind of series, from "Dr. Kildare" to "The Love Boat". Arnold was not new to comedy: there are indeed comic elements on all the horror movies mentioned above, but moreover, a year before he started shooting this MGM glossy adaptation of a story by Vera Caspary (the same lady who wrote both "Laura", and "Les Girls"), director Jack Arnold --who I guess Andrew Sarris must have classified very low in his Olympus of filmmakers-- had a hit with the British comedy "The Mouse That Roared", with Peter Sellers playing different roles, including the Duchess of Fenwick, the senile ruler of the littlest country in Europe. It is a story of little people and little minds, treated with affection and a kind of humor far from what audiences laugh about today. "Bachelor in Paradise" is somehow in the same vein: it is a funny and affectionate view of how little minds react when confronted with different attitudes about sex, which --up until the days of the reign of the Hays film code-- was treated rather hypocritically in American cinema. Everybody was doing all type of positions and gender combinations, with all kinds of adornments, except "Hollywood creatures". For the early 1960s, though not as radical as it may sound, "Bachelor in Paradise" suggested sex was more fun than accepted in regular films, and this was its main attraction, not Bob Hope, Lana Turner, or the new coupling of Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton. Even I, who was 10 years old and lived in the city, far away from a suburb like Paradise, found it more daring than the comedies in which Doris Day played a virgin with tired facial tricks, as 1959's "Pillow Talk", which incredibly won the Best Screenplay Academy Award. I had not seen "Bachelor in Paradise" in decades... but when I did again I found it decidedly proto-Altmanesque, the kind of comedy that Robert Altman would have been doing in the early 1960s, probably with a more acerbic approach. Only the music industry had teased us with multiple releases of the music Henry Mancini composed for the movie. Now we can watch "Bachelor in Paradise" again, restored, in wide-screen and the flat color cinematography of those years (with few exceptions, everything was as bright and clear as the images in television sets). However it must be seen with a 1961 frame of mind. If you had not been born yet, do a little research. It does help a lot to appreciate a film about sexual life of the Americans without showing what they were doing in cars, bedrooms, and bushes, when the movie was made.


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