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Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 1 November 1961 (USA)
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.... See full summary »

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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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Taglines:

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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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)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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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

The house Niles rents, as of 2018, still stands. It was built in 1959, has 2,083 sq. ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths on a quarter-acre lot and is valued at $900,000. 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

[after entering his house in Paradise]
Adam J. Niles: It's charming. What do you call this style... early Disneyland?
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Alone
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Playing on the phonograph when Camille's husband comes home
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Roughly what you'd expect
25 August 1999 | by Penfold-13See all my reviews

I like Bob Hope a lot better than I like Doris Day. This is a Doris-Day style 60s sex comedy, except that the central character's a man with better lines.

Unusually, Bob Hope is a pretty successful lover, but otherwise he plays the normal Bob Hope character in the normal way.

It's mostly a gently enjoyable piece of innocent fluff, played pretty well on the whole. Watch out for a lovely cameo by Agnes Moorehead as the judge.

But for 1961, this was a pretty progressive film. The strong characters are the women, and their story is of fighting the stultifying boredom of housewifery and being respected as people.

Nothing spectacular, but carried out competently. If you like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you like.


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