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Lover Come Back (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1962 (USA)
A series of misunderstandings leaves an advertising executive with a campaign for a product which has not yet been invented, while he romances his rival in the guise of its inventor.

Director:

Delbert Mann
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Jerry Webster
Doris Day ... Carol Templeton
Tony Randall ... Peter 'Pete' Ramsey
Edie Adams ... Rebel Davis
Jack Oakie ... J. Paxton Miller
Jack Kruschen ... Doctor Linus Tyler
Ann B. Davis ... Millie, Carol's Secretary
Howard St. John ... Mr. John Brackett
Joe Flynn ... Hadley
Jack Albertson ... Fred
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Charlie
Ward Ramsey Ward Ramsey ... Hodges, Liquor Industry Representative
Karen Norris Karen Norris ... Kelly, Jerry's Secretary
Donna Douglas ... Deborah, Peter's Secretary
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Storyline

Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton are both in the advertising business, but for different agencies. Annoyed by Jerry's methods of using alcohol and women to ensure contracts for his agency, Carol tries to get him thrown out of his profession. To avoid this Jerry bribes the girl who'd testify against him, by starring her in a TV commercial for a product named VIP that he's just made up. By accident these commercials are broadcasted and to keep his job, Jerry has to come up with VIP for which he enlists the help of Doctor Linus Tyler. Carol goes to see the Doctor to try and get the VIP account, but because she and Jerry have never met, she mistakes Jerry for the Doctor. Jerry then takes advantage of this situation to win her. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Seldom have so many returned a second and third time to enjoy again the laughs of this rollicking frolic. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lover Come Back See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,937,969
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hollywood legend claims that, during the filming of Rock Hudson and Doris Day's bathing suit scene (set on a soundstage beach) one of Hudson's testicles kept popping out from his swimtrunks. While screening dailies the next afternoon, the crew laughed so hard, they became teary-eyed, especially when the projectionist figured how to roll the film back-and-forth so it looked like Hudson's testicle was doing a "dance." See more »

Goofs

Jerry and Rebel both wrongly pronounce the Latin phrase, and the English subtitles misspell one word. The phrase should be Veritas et probitas super omnia. Both characters clearly drop the "p" and say instead, "robitas" which isn't a word. See more »

Quotes

Mr. John Brackett: We've learned to live with Mr. Webster. He's like the common cold. You know you're going to get it once or twice a year.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Should I Surrender
(uncredited)
Music by Adam Ross
Lyrics by William Landan
Sung by Doris Day
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funny, but what a horrible guy!
17 June 2005 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Classic Day/Hudson sex comedy, with the two playing battling ad execs. This one is very funny and well paced, with the usual battles and confusion between Day's gullible virgin and Hudson's charming cad.

What struck me most about this movie was exactly what an awful, awful person Hudson plays. An interesting aspect of movies of this time is how many of them feature male characters who have no morals or scruples, but even by the standards of the time Jerry Webster seems particularly odious. And for me this is what makes this movie 7-star instead of 8-star. Because the movie insists that you have some sympathy for his character. If he were not played by a charming handsome guy no one would have sympathy for him. He deserves a horse-whipping. He doesn't get one, alas, but the movie is quite funny.


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