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pr-managmenthouse30 April 2018
Doris Day and Cary Grant were my parents favorites as well as mine. To see That Touch Of Mink in 2018 is a bit of a cringing exercise. Two mega stars in their, let's say, mature years, specially Grant, behaving like adolescents it's a bit hard to take. Doris's character shares an apartment with Audrey Meadows - who I believe also needs some professional attention - they sleep in little twin beds. So bizarre to see. But and here is were the Doris Day mystery resides. I believed her unbelievable character, one hundred per cent. Doris Day was 39, Cary Grant 58 but everything I saw in Doris Days was true. That's why, I presume, this is a favorite comedy of the Coen brothers. My niece, who is 15, saw the film with me and her comment was that Cary Grant's and Gig Young's characters should be arrested. Yes, 2018 is not 1962 and films are socio-historical documents.
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Great writing, techno-modernist look & killer performance by Audrey Meadows make this film a must!
julieburns11 June 2000
Great writing, cool gowns, and Cary Grant panache only begin to describe the pleasures of this surprisingly refreshing film. Cary Grant is an overly-controlling business executive; Gig Young plays his side-kick, junior, and alter-ego. Doris Day is strong-willed and fun to watch, but Audrey Meadows is sensational in her over-the-top performance as Doris Day's older and wiser roommate. Two scenes stand out: one in the fabled NY quick-meal restaurant, the Automat, the other a computer room scene that has to be seen by anyone who knows what IBM stands for. See this movie. It will surprise you.
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The Only Doris Day - Cary Grant Film...and the Only One to Answer a Sports Trivia Question
theowinthrop1 June 2006
Question: Name the film where Art Passarella, famous baseball umpire, tosses out five celebrities from a game.

Answer: THAT TOUCH OF MINK. Passarella tosses out Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Cary Grant, and Doris Day from a game, because of some rule infraction caused by Day (who is in the dugout with the others during a game), and then for escalating reasons in which the three Yankees deny any infraction.

The reason Doris and Cary are in the dugout is that they are attending a Yankee Game (Cary has some stock in the Yankees - this film was in the period before George Steinbrenner took control of the baseball team.

Grant is a multi-millionaire whose limousine has damaged Days' clothing by spraying her when the car went through a puddle. He (at first) just wants to repair the damage but he slowly falls for her. But Day is acting like ... well like Day usually does; She is a NYC career woman, and does not want to be the victim of hanky-panky from any man. She is egged on in this by her closest friend, Audrey Meadows. Grant slowly uses his considerable economic muscles to get Day to agree to a trip to the Caribbean, but he finds having her there is not the same thing as getting to know her physically there.

This film is loaded with nice bits by the supporting players. One of the other reviews points out John Astin as an obnoxious suitor for Day, whom (at the end) she does willingly go out to a motel in New Jersey with, only to have him fail to score when Grant shows up. But also see this for Gig Young, as Grant's secretary, who finds that Grant's effortless economic and social success are undermining Young's delicate mental balance. See it too for Alan Hewitt, as Young's therapist, who finds that it really pays to have Young as a client (because of all the great stock market tips the naive secretary blabs to the Doctor). Their last moment on screen together is quite funny, when Young is gushing over the baby he is watching (actually Grant and Day's child) and Hewitt is momentarily left thinking that somehow Young and Grant had a baby together. Finally, the late John Fiedler has a good moment as a newlywed husband who concludes that a man's best friend is his mother.

An easy to take Day sex romp, I recommend it for the amusement it generates. The baseball trivia connection is also a reason (though a minor one) to watch the film at least once.
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Cute movie
watchitman3 June 2002
Very cute movie. It was very enjoyable and put a smile on my face. It's obviously a bit dated, I doubt there are many young, independant working women that swoon over losing their virginity these days. I even doubt it was quite like that back in 1962. It's still very sweet and it would make a good date movie.

I should also mention the movie looks beautiful. Movies from this era tend to look great. The quality of production in movies seriously declined the closer Hollywood got to the 70's.
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Touch of Mink - Pretty Amazing Film
johngreenink18 June 2006
I would not place 'Touch Of Mink' with the likes of Tarkovsky's films, but I will say that it is a beautifully-filmed fantasy that is really titillatingly funny in a genuinely charming way. Even the most serious film viewers cannot deny the smiles that are inevitable when Doris is on the screen. The film's story evolves when two lives are randomly thrown together - that of a hard-working waitress and a rich bachelor playboy. What ensues is delicious full-on Technicolor romantic comedy.

There are also some classic moments: The hand emerging from the 'atuomatic' restaurant where Doris and Audrey work to smack the face of a particularly offending male patron (those where the days when a woman could smack a man in a film and get great laughs...) - Doris's fantasy sequence as she's driven through the streets in a bed - with a man - and they're NOT MARRIED! It's a harmless, light film that still has such a centered beauty and sophistication that shows off the bright side of Hollywood-produced films of that era. As previous posters have commented, HD Digital video just cannot produce the same wonderful hues of celluloid - and there is something irresistible about Ms. Day in this film - her character's innocence is rather genuine, as is her male lead (Cary Grant) who obviously loves her for his ability to win her over with gifts and his own brand of charm.

I think it's important to have a second look at many of Doris Day's films in the lights of the 21st century. Touch of Mink, in particular, holds a dream-bubble of blissful idealism and moral irony that has incredible resonance today, when so many have found that we must reexamine our attitudes toward casual sex. This is the central core of the film, and many would now see's Ms. Day's character's reaction to such a thought as far more intelligent than when it was viewed in the 1970's- 80's.

Give the film a view; especially on a Friday night when you really, truly want to be entertained by a dazzling screen star.
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One of the very best!
semi-buff18 May 2003
People complaining of the dumb/dated plot need to remember that this film is one of a genre and that films of that genre all have the same basic plot. Don't go into it expecting to find something else; allow yourself to accept the basic premise. This is one of THE best of the perpetual-virgin genre, and of course Day was the leading star of same. The script sparkles and the supporting players really add to the total package. John Astin is delightfully smarmy as the cheapskate lothario ("Muscatel, for my lady's pleasure") and John Fiedler is the ultimate mama's boy. Gig Young is unforgettable. Enjoy this fantastically silly movie!
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Somewhat watchable despite a lack of chemistry between the stars.
Gideon2414 April 2015
Warning: Spoilers
A movie idea that looked good on paper but lost something in its translation to the screen was the 1962 comedy That Touch of Mink.

The film starred a glamorously aging Cary Grant as Phillip Shayne, a wealthy businessman whose limo splashes the coat and dress of a woman on a rainy street one day. Shayne has his assistant track the woman down so that he can pay for the dry cleaning. The woman is a working girl named Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) who is attracted to Shayne, but it is soon revealed that Grant wants to have a fling with the woman and she is saving herself for marriage.

This return to Pillow Talk territory is not nearly as successful due to the fact that there is NO chemistry between the leads and to Day's unappealing was just a little too hard to swallow Cathy's naivety about what Shayne wanted from her and the idea that every time Cathy comes close to having sex with Shayne she breaks out in hives, was just silly.

There is a solid supporting cast including Gig Young as Shayne's assistant and Audrey Meadows as Cathy's best friend, but a comedy like this pins a great deal on the chemistry between the stars and it just wasn't there.
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They Don't Make Comedies Like This Anymore
corey50014 January 2003
Cary Grant and Doris Day are at their comedic best in this howling tail that never gets dull. As usual Ms. Day looks stunning and Cary Grant gives Rock Hudson a lesson in comedic timing. Gig Young is sensational. Audrey Meadows adds just the right touch. Also, add a star if you remember Horn and Hardarts Automat.
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Give this one a chance - you might just enjoy it.
Lee B17 October 1999
This is a movie that I can enjoy watching over and over again, and every time there's something new to notice. It would be a difficult movie to re-make today, morality having changed the way it has, but as a slice of history, it works well. The script is really well-written, with some great one-liners and sharp dialogue, and who can resist Cary Grant? A hot drink, a plate of cookies, and "That Touch of Mink" add up to a very pleasant way to pass an evening.
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Silly, Naive but Funny
claudio_carvalho19 April 2014
While going to receive her unemployment paycheck and to a job interview later, the coat of the naive Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) is splashed with mud by the Rolls Royce of the millionaire businessman Philip Shayne (Cary Grant). Later he sees her going to have lunch from his office and sends his financial adviser Roger (Gig Young) to give some money to Cathy to compensate her loss. Cathy feels offended with the offer and she goes to Philip's office with the intention of throwing the money on his face. However, when she sees the handsome Philip, she immediately falls in love with him. They date and Cathy expects that Philip proposes to marry her, but he does not have this intention.

"That Touch of Mink" is a silly and naive but funny romantic comedy. The premise is dumb and is irritating to see Cathy buying expensive clothing and traveling to Bermudas with a playboy expecting to give nothing in return. But the comedy has many funny situations, like the just married couple in the motel or Roger being mistakenly taken as Philip in Cathy's apartment building. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Carícias de Luxo" ("Caresses of Luxury")
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Quite funny
celebes7 April 2007
A surprisingly funny film with some very good comedic performances. In particular, a wonderfully, gleefully neurotic Gig Young as Cary Grant's secretary. Love the scene when he asks his secretary to let down her hair and then take off her glasses. She remains unattractive. "Funny, he says, it always works in the movies." And what a great and bizarre first name Gig is.

Audrey Meadows is very good as well, as Doris Day's cynical roommate, and John Astin (of "The Addams Family" fame) nearly steals the show as a smarmy Government clerk. "Muscatel, for my lady's pleasure." Sure the plot is dated and predictable, but everything is handled with a light touch and the movie is very watchable. Love the scenes in the automat simply for nostaglia's sake.

Funniest moment. Gig young getting slapped by a hand that emerges from the tiny automat window.
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Lighthearted and constantly funny comedy with an exceptional main cast
ma-cortes31 July 2009
In N.Y.C. and unemployed secretary named Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) is splashed with water and mud by as Rolls Royce on her way . Philip a rich businessman tycoon(Gary Grant) ask her for apologies . Cathy then is involved on a journey to Bermudas where happen several antics and mayhem in a game of cat and mouse.

This is a sex-comedy in which a sympathetic woman falls in love with a man not interested in marriage. Classic and light romantic comedy of the 60s with masters Doris Day and Gary Grant exhibiting considerable rapport even when are arguing. Day was probably the only Hollywood actress by time who could have handled this brand of bright comedy with kinks in such expert fashion. The film is one of the various starred by Doris Day during the 50s and 60s such as ¨Lover come back, Send me flowers, More over darling, Do not disturb, Glass bottom boat, Do not disturb¨ among others, with usual partner of Rock Hudson and eventually James Garner, Rod Taylor and Gary Grant. As secondaries appear Gig Young, he's ever better than habitual as the inevitable sidekick of the protagonist , John Astin also scores as a man with a lugubrious leer and besides Dick Sargent (bewitched) as nervous husband justly married. The screenplay gets funny lines and amusing situations written by Stanley Shapiro(also producer) which enable the actors to make the most of themselves. Furthermore, it displays a colorful cinematography by Russell Metty and and lively score by George Duning. The motion picture is well directed by Delbert Mann ( Separate tables, Desire under the Elms, Marty). The flick will appeal to Gary Grant and Doris Day fans.
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DVD Review
Blueghost3 March 2005
"That Touch of Mink" has its high points as well as its lows. The film's main theme revolves around undulating social morays of a cultural transition which, if one examines history, aren't all that transitional as they would appear to be. Day, Grant, Meadows and Young give some solid performances in an early 60's "sex" comedy. The humor is suggestive rather than explicit, which should create some fun for the more conservative minded. I can't say I laughed a whole lot (if at all), but I did enjoy the film on its own terms.

Regrettably the currant DVD offered by Artisan Entertainment is sub par. "That Touch of Mink" isn't the greatest film ever made, but, like so many other offerings of the period, it is a solid piece of cinema, and deserves a better visual release.

Currently Artisan Home Entertainment bolsters a "Digitally Mastered" disk, but the only mastering that was done was to put the film onto DVD format in the first place, and nothing more. I say nothing more because the film image is absolutely horrible. There's lots of video noise overlaying the film image, and where the film is shown in widescreen format, it's hardly an anamorphic transfer. Instead the consumer is given a low resolution transfer which, were it not for Day, would not be worth watching.

The audio is clear, even though its monaural. A remastered soundtrack really isn't required for a film like this, as there's really nothing more to listen to other than dialog and incidental music. That is there're no explosions, gun shots, rockets, bands or other things demanding a digital 5.1 mastered soundtrack. Still, having said all this, good clean audio should accompany a good clean image.

Too bad this disc is missing both.
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Cary Makes A Big Splash With Doris
bkoganbing31 May 2006
That Touch of Mink was made at the height of Doris Day's reemergence as a comedy star and at some point it seemed only natural that she be teamed with the King of Sophisticated Comedy, Cary Grant. Too bad a better property wasn't found for either of their talents.

Not that they don't have their moments, but basically both of the stars just go through the motions doing material they've both done before.

Cary's a rich sophisticated businessman and probably the quintessence of a phrase most popular at that time, a limousine liberal. As he's going to his office he drives through a puddle and a big splash hits Doris Day. He's sincerely troubled by the whole thing, but by mere coincidence he spots here from his office window going into the Automat where Day's roommate and confidante Audrey Meadows works.

He sends his assistant Gig Young after here and that starts an involved courtship ritual.

The really good performances here come from the supporting cast. Gig Young and Tony Randall at this point were playing interchangeable roles as the hero's best friend. Young has some funny moments in that selfsame Automat where he's being victimized by Meadows.

If That Touch of Mink were made today, Audrey Meadows's part would have been more explicitly lesbian. She's full of all kinds of advice for Day, but notice she's older with no husband of her own or mention of one in the past.

But the guy who steals this film and dominates every scene he's in is the pre-Gomez Adams John Astin. He's Mr. Beazley who works at the Unemployment office and he's obviously been watching too many old films because he thinks he's Cary Grant. We meet him hitting on Doris Day as she goes for her unemployment check.

And later when Day tries to get Cary jealous by going off to a motel in New Jersey with the most repulsive man she knows, Astin, ever the charmer, hits her with that never to be forgotten line, "Muscatel for my lady."

Who could possibly resist that?
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Not as much funny as a sad time capsule
aromatic-24 January 2001
I was 8 years old in 1962, and based upon the values preached in this turgid mess, I'm glad I'm not 15 years older or I would have emulated Sylvia Plath rather than choose to follow Doris Day's example of how to live by the rules of the day. Also, this is the only movie I've ever seen with Cary Grant, including three later ones, that he looked and felt old. And the normally redoubtable Gig Young is as flat as a board. At least, it's fast-paced. I give it 3 out of 10.
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Too lightweight
Leofwine_draca11 August 2015
THAT TOUCH OF MINK is a deliberately old-fashioned romantic comedy teaming up two of Hollywood's biggest genre stars, Doris Day and Cary Grant. They play the usual bickering twosome when they're brought together after Grant's car splashes Day during a rainstorm and he decides to make amends. What follows is entirely frivolous and completely unmemorable.

Much of the story centres around Day's grating, all-too-wholesome character as she goes around shopping and the like. I wasn't really interested in these moments, but the scenes she shares with the naturally charismatic Grant are better. There are also a couple of decent characters in support, namely John Astin and Gig Young, but the emphasis is very much on putting across Day's carefully-manufactured image. I guess I'm completely the wrong demographic for this sort of picture.
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Just too dated
HotToastyRag6 February 2018
Delbert Mann, director of classic masterpieces Separate Tables, Dear Heart, and Desire Under the Elms was saddled with two silly Doris Day movies in the 1960s: Lover Come Back and That Touch of Mink. He wasn't by any means lousy when directing comedy, but his talents were wasted with the silly fluff pieces.

Doris Day is paired with the debonair Cary Grant in this movie, and their differences are only magnified by the film. He's extremely classy yet direct; she's common and frazzled. When paired with other costars, like James Stewart and Clark Gable, Doris comes across as classy, but up against Cary Grant, she doesn't stand a chance. Since I wasn't able to see why he was interested in her, I wasn't really able to root for the romance.

Another problem with this dated flick are the so-called scandalous jokes about premarital sex and feminine honor. By that point in her career, audiences expected Doris Day to act like a prim prude, but the movie just doesn't stand the test of time very well. It's supposed to be insulting for Cary Grant to give Doris an indecent proposal, and the mere thought of spending the night in a hotel with a man fills her with anxiety. Attitudes have changed for most people today, so unless you are looking for amusement in a cultural history book, you probably won't really like this movie.
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Yes its dated , but....
beresfordjd7 February 2007
I have loved this movie since first I saw it. I have seen it many times and it still works for me. Of course its dated (it was made in 1962) but with great performances from Doris Day, Cary Grant and Gig Young as well as a talented crew of supporting actors, it rewards the time it takes to watch. The comedy is sharp, sophisticated (for'62) and the whole thing is great fun. Day was always an extremely underrated actress in both comedy and drama (ever seen Love Me or Leave Me?). She was an incredibly powerful draw at the box office in her day (pun unintended) for good reason. Grant of course impresses with the ease he seems to inhabit comic roles. Good writing, excellent timing and a glossy feel make this a classic of its genre (a Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedy - without Hudson!!) Don't watch it with todays moral values just enjoy it. By the way its a great date movie!!
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Flimsy but enjoyable
fletch511 January 2001
I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but I quite enjoyed this "fluff". Sure it's dated but it still manages to offer several highly amusing moments and some truly clever dialogue. Hard to believe the script was actually Oscar nominated, since it has no depth whatsoever. By no means a great movie, but good amusement nevertheless.
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Doris Day: too old to be terrified of sex...
moonspinner558 March 2001
Plush but somewhat piqued bedroom-comedy about a single woman in New York City, an unemployed computer programmer, who is wooed by a wealthy smoothie. Her predicament: how far should she go in the romance department without a wedding ring? There's something a little off when Doris Day (well into her 30s here, if not early 40s) contemplates going away with Cary Grant, and roommate Audrey Meadows (well into her 40s, if not early 50s) tries talking her out of it (what does Audrey want? Doris to be an old maid, living with her forever?). When Day finally does jet off to meet Grant, she breaks out in a rash. Friendly-enough comedy attempts to make The Fear of Sex funny, but there's nothing sophisticated about the main plot, nor the silly sub-plot with lackey Gig Young being mistaken for a homosexual. Had this film been made in the 1940s, it might well have passed muster. Yet these actors are too mature for an embalmed version of burlesque, glossy and colorful though it may be. **1/2 from ****
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That Touch of Stink
BumpyRide22 October 2004
Poor Doris, bogged down on yet another "bedroom comedy." Too bad there's not much comedy in this movie. With an all-star cast they still can't overcome a mediocre script that would have been more suited for Abbott & Costello. I don't know how old Doris is supposed to be in the film but it gets a little outrageous when you're pushing 40 to still be playing the eternal virgin?

Sure, there are a few memorable moments, and whenever I stumbled upon this flick I will wait for the scene where Doris had a little too much to drink and falls off the hotel balcony and lands on an awning. "I fell out of Mr. Shayne's room. See that I'm returned!"

Another scene worth watching, if only for the chuckle factor, is Cary discussing his bedroom problems with Dick Sargent (of Bewitched fame) knowing what we now know about these two. If you have nothing better to do, it's worth a look, otherwise change the channel.
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...Doris Day portrays a modern day (circa 1960's) Cinderella type role with Cary Grant's characteristic role as her would be Prince Charming..
radioman-719 June 1999
This films portrayal of the times changing attitudes in American Lifestyle at the dawn of the free love generation. Very comical situations for a morality play that proves you can take a dark comedy / drama and with proper direction with great actors you can obtain a hit !
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Where's the expiration date?
PLB-59 August 2000
The film should come with a warning: Attention! People under the age of 75 might find this offensive. The humor is unbelievably dated and so is Doris Day. It could have been fun and playful had the film not been based entirely on a single joke.
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Probably the unfunniest comedy ever made!
benoit-310 December 2007
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This one is on a par with the wartime musical "Sweethearts of the U.S.A." and probably a few dozen Nazi-era German comedies for the sheer lack of laughs compounded by bad taste. The whole premise rests on a rapidly ripening Doris Day resisting the sexual advances of a nearly-mummified Cary Grant by following the advice of her best (spinster) friend, Audrey Meadows. Ms. Day is so adverse to sexual congress outside the sanctity of marriage that she develops hives, gets drunk, etc. And the only way she can get her man to propose is to make him jealous with another man (John Astin) she wouldn't normally give the time of day to. This film is not only unfunny, it is downright demoralizing and insulting to the intelligence of many Americans. Granted, the era was stifled and ripe for a sexual revolution but was it so bad that any mention of a compromising situation could send an audience into titters? This film is the cinematic equivalent of a 30's dirty joke. Its world view is that women are funny when they try to preserve their dignity in the face of overwhelming odds. Just so you know how backward this opus is, let me add that a running gag concerns the Gig Young character being mistaken for (are you sitting down? This is so droll!) a homosexual!!! This is what the movie trailers called "hell-a-rious!" back then. But the really humiliating thing about this film is that it was actually nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar that year against Ingmar Bergman's "Through a Glass Darkly", Alain Resnais's "L'Année dernière à Marienbad" and the movie "Freud". That it lost to "Divorce - Italian Style" allows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to retain a modicum of dignity through what must have been a very close call.
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38 isn't old and she isn't a virgin, but doris Day is very funny
wetcircuit6 May 2007
That Touch of Mink seems like such formula star vehicle fluff that it's a surprise the original script by Stanley Shapiro and Nate Monaster almost won the Academy Award (it did win the Golden Globe)! The mildly amusing dilemma "will she or won't she", which has Doris Day breaking out in hives and hallucinating that everyone can see her in bed with Cary Grant, is easily overshadowed by the antics of the supporting cast.

Audry Meadows takes a break from the Honeymooners as Day's protective conscience who dispenses advice along with lunch through the tiny windows at the Automat, and Gig Young shines as Grant's employee and confidant who worships the industrialist but openly hopes someday he will get his comeuppance.

It's actually never said that Day is inexperienced. The joke of her being the "world's oldest virgin" is a sexist slur. The real trophy at stake isn't her virtue but her value. Easily won is easily discarded — it takes a woman of experience to know how men think, and to hold out for what she really wants. Far from being a prudish throwback in an age of carefree swingers, Day forges her own brand of lipstick feminism: the right to wear skirts and high heels and still insist that men respect you in the morning, no matter what your age or experience.

Plenty have criticized Day's comeback career as an outdated fantasy with its aging star and wrinkled morality, but it probably plays better now than it did in the pseudo-liberated '70s. Nearly half a century has passed since this film debuted and women still earn less, are still judged by their femininity, and still struggle with society's double-standards on sex and marriage — Day's comedies are perhaps more resonant now after the collapse of equality. Women now want to be respected on their own terms, not for adopting the cavalier morality of bachelors.

What works for this Cinderella fairytale is its satire of the age, poking fun not just at stunted feminism but also at eligible industrialists who welcome womanly advice and donate huge sums of money to help unmarried mothers. Plenty of laughs are at the expense of a Freudian psychologist who is perplexed when he mistakes Young's obsession with Grant for romantic attraction. Day admits she has an uncle who is a socialist, and even UNIVAC is spewing pastel colored punch cards after one of her emotional piques.

The whole courtship takes place in a matter of days, as if modern romance can be plucked as easily as a sandwich from the Automat.... If it's not exactly fresh, That Touch of Mink is something akin to refrigerated left-overs: comfort food in a microwave age for women old enough to measure and know their own worth.

Recommend Shapiro and Monaster's How to save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968) as a similar romantic comedy of the sexes.
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