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Boys' Night Out (1962)

Unrated | | Comedy | 21 June 1962 (USA)
Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

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Michael Gordon

Writers:

Ira Wallach (screenplay), Marion Hargrove (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Novak ... Cathy
James Garner ... Fred Williams
Tony Randall ... George Drayton
Howard Duff ... Doug Jackson
Janet Blair ... Marge Drayton
Patti Page ... Joanne McIllenny
Jessie Royce Landis ... Ethel Williams
Oskar Homolka ... Dr. Prokosch (as Oscar Homolka)
Howard Morris ... Howard McIllenny
Anne Jeffreys ... Toni Jackson
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Boss' Girl Friend
William Bendix ... Slattery
Jim Backus ... Peter Bowers
Fred Clark ... Mr. Bohannon
Larry Keating ... Mr. Bingham
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Storyline

Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children and TV-dinners. In secret, they get themselves an apartment with a beautiful young woman, Kathy, for romantic rendezvous. But Kathy does not tell them that she is a sociology student researching the sexual life of the white middle-class male. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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If you believe in sex and fun... by all means join us!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boys' Night Out See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stars of this film Fred Clark and Larry Keating have both portrayed Harry Morton on the Burns & Allen Show. See more »

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When the boys are on the train, the whistle of a steam locomotive is heard on several occasions. The movie takes place in 1962 but the last steam locomotive on the New Haven Railroad was retired ten years earlier and, in any case, would not have been used from Connecticut to New York City. See more »

Quotes

Slattery: How bad is he hooked?
Fred Williams: About as bad as you can get. When he remembers the score, he knows he's on the loser's end. But when he remembers the girl, he forgets the score.
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Connections

References The Snake Pit (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

BOYS' NIGHT OUT
Words by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Sung by Patti Page (as Miss Patti Page)
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Boys' Night Out
15 April 2011 | by abcj-2See all my reviews

Boys' Night Out (1962) is one of those easy breezy comedies that comes on TCM a few times a year. I record it, watch it a few times, then delete it thinking I'll buy it, but then it comes on again to my delight:)

It's about a group of 4 men, 3 married with children and one divorced and living with his mother, who cook up a zany scheme to secure and share a NYC love pad with a young beautiful blonde to break the boredom in their lives. Little do they know, they are the subject of their ideal beautiful 25 year old blonde's own scheme, and she willingly agrees to be available for each "boys'" night out.

If you are thinking it's a love-fest, remember this was distributed in 1962, so there are lies and innuendo, but Kim Novak, in a role easily played by Doris Day just a few years before, maintains her virtue and the wives get their chance to get even. Novak shines in one of her best comedic roles. She and leading man James Garner have great chemistry. He's so handsome and hilarious at the same time. If you've never seen his comedies before his star of television days, then keep your eyes peeled for his movies. He's a charmer who always delivers a great performance. Tony Randall and Jessie Royce Landis lead the supporting cast. They always add tremendously to a picture.

This film is on the tail end of the really tastefully cute comedies, and it's a great film to enjoy when you want pure rom-com escapism. One more thing, it gets better with repeated viewings. Some new lines pop out each time that make it even more enjoyable. I didn't love it the first time as much as I have each time since.


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