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The Pleasure of His Company (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1 June 1961 (USA)
San Francisco debutante, Jessica Poole, is marrying Napa Valley cattle rancher, Roger Henderson, and hopes her peripatetic father, "Pogo" Poole, whom she hasn't seen for years, comes to the... See full summary »

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

Cornelia Otis Skinner (play), Samuel A. Taylor (play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Biddeford 'Pogo' Poole
Debbie Reynolds ... Jessica Poole
Lilli Palmer ... Katharine Dougherty
Tab Hunter ... Roger Henderson
Gary Merrill ... James Dougherty
Charles Ruggles ... Mackenzie Savage
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... Toy
Elvia Allman ... Mrs. Mooney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynne Martin Lynne Martin ... Young Woman
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Storyline

San Francisco debutante, Jessica Poole, is marrying Napa Valley cattle rancher, Roger Henderson, and hopes her peripatetic father, "Pogo" Poole, whom she hasn't seen for years, comes to the wedding. He arrives, disrupting the household of his ex-wife, Katharine, and her long-suffering husband, and befriending their cook, Toy. At first it seems that Pogo is set on breaking up the engagement, making up for years of neglect by wining and dining Jessica, showing up Roger as a hick, and enticing her to come to Europe with him. Then it seems his real goal is to win back Katharine's heart: why else would he have two tickets to Paris booked on a plane leaving right after the reception? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He came 8000 miles to attend his daughter's wedding-and then tried 8000 ways to break it up See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

1 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In angenehmer Gesellschaft See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Ruggles won a Tony Award for best supporting actor for the stage version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Lover
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung briefly by Fred Astaire
Danced by Fred Astaire and Lilli Palmer
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charming, delightful, witty
21 November 2000 | by rupieSee all my reviews

American Movie Classics channel has just started showing this 1961 flick, and I can't speak too highly of it. A charming domestic comedy with some real dramatic tension, the film boasts a superb cast with the venerable Fred Astaire (yes, of course he dances...), the elegantly funny Lilli Palmer, and a befuddled Gary Merrill. Charley Ruggles as grampa positively steals the show as a sort of geriatrically comic Greek chorus; his brief rejoinders and observations always perfectly set off a scene. The production values, as well, are sumptuous; today's movies don't look as good as this 40-year-old number (the Technicolor process has it all over contemporary processes). Sparkling dialogue and wonderful acting make this story of a playboy father's disruptive effects on his daughter's impending wedding a delightful must-see. I just can't figure it out; how can a movie without no swear words, no violence, no nudity, and not a single sex scene be so captivating???


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