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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.


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




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 ... Hodges, Liquor Industry Representative
Karen Norris Karen Norris ... Kelly, Jerry's Secretary
Donna Douglas ... Deborah, Peter's Secretary


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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"Come into my guest room" ... said the VICTIM to the WOLF! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Whilst Carol is talking to 'Dr. Linus' (actually Jerry Webster) at the aquarium, and talks about trust, and how a woman 'instinctively knows' when a man can be trusted, they're standing in front of a tank mock-up, of what appears to be a large fish, looking to capture prey; what appears to be a small worm. Just when Carol says; 'and, you, doctor, can be trusted,' it turns out the 'little worm' is actually part of a big angler fish, and its huge jaws open and pull in it's prey. See more »


When Carol meets Mr Miller for the first time after the big party, he's hung over and playing a bass. It is obvious that he's not actually playing it. Although we hear different notes being played, his left hand never moves and his right hand doesn't always match the rhythm. See more »


Peter 'Pete' Ramsey: And as dad always said, "A man who can't be bribed can't be trusted."
Jerry Webster: Isn't it comforting to know that you can trust me?
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.21 (2013) See more »


Lover Come Back
Music and Lyrics by Frank De Vol
Sung by Doris Day during the opening credits
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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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3 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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