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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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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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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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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

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: [Pulls into the driveway of the home he's just rented in Paradise] It's pink.
Rosemary Howard: It's not pink, its "California coral".
Adam J. Niles: Who comes up with the names of colors in this country, Tennessee Williams?
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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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One of Hope's best - everyone was superbly cast!
20 April 2006 | by sargebehrSee all my reviews

I saw this motion picture in 1961, and it stuck with me for a few reasons. I was raised in a tract neighborhood nearly identical to 'Paradise Village', so it's like 'going home'. Hope was never funnier along with Lana Turner, but Janis Paige was superb in her role as a 'seductress'. I'm told that Miss Turner had never been in a supermarket prior to the scenes of this picture...but she had so much fun after that, her daughter took her almost weekly to one. The music is spectacular, especially the Henry Mancini-penned theme at the beginning and end - it's the first piece of 'sophisticated scandalous' music I can remember hearing. Many shots of some great now-classic autos, as well(Dodge, Chrysler 300, etc.). Al in all, it's a 'dated' motion picture, but still funny and enjoyable to watch.


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