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The Thrill of It All (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1963 (USA)
A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Carl Reiner (screenplay), Larry Gelbart (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Beverly Boyer
James Garner ... Dr. Gerald Boyer
Arlene Francis ... Mrs. Fraleigh
Edward Andrews ... Gardiner Fraleigh
Reginald Owen ... Old Tom Fraleigh
Zasu Pitts ... Olivia
Elliott Reid ... Mike Palmer
Alice Pearce ... Irving's Wife
Kym Karath ... Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash Brian Nash ... Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau Lucy Landau ... Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman ... Dr. Taylor
Hayden Rorke ... Billings
Alex Gerry ... Stokely
Robert Gallagher Robert Gallagher ... Van Camp
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Storyline

The Happy Soap Company is owned and managed by the Fraleigh family. Although he is more of a company figurehead than an active participant in the company's day-to-day business, anything that family patriarch Tom Fraleigh wants for the company he usually gets. What he wants is Beverly Boyer - the wife of his daughter-in-law's obstetrician, Dr. Gerald Boyer - to appear as the company spokesperson when Beverly, who he meets at a small dinner party, mentions a personal and true story about how Happy Soap saved her life. She is to appear in a live commercial spot during a Happy Soap sponsored television show telling her story just as she told Tom. Despite Beverly's performance going poorly in her own mind, Tom loved it and how refreshing and honest Beverly came across to the viewer. So Tom signs her to a one year, $80,000 contract to continue doing the same. This move is questioned by Happy Soap's own managers and its advertising company. But it is questioned even more by Gerald, who ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

DORIS DAY and JAMES GARNER invite you to watch them share... [The Thrill of it All] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Was diese Frau so alles treibt See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ad agency's viewing room has both color and black-and-white TVs side by side. This was common at ad agencies in the 1960s to confirm that color commercials would also be acceptable on black-and-white sets. See more »

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Beverly tells the kids they cannot stay up to watch her, yet her program is on Friday nights. See more »

Quotes

Andy Boyer: Mom, can we play golf till lunch is ready?
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Crazy Credits

The credit for David Webb's Jewels is followed with Cameos by Carl Reiner (a cameo being a form of jewelry, but in this case substituting as Reiner's credit for his series of appearances within the film) See more »

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Overture of the light cavalry
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written by Franz von Suppé
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Doris Day's Best Comedy!
14 August 2003 | by algernon4See all my reviews

If one of today's "actresses" gave half as good a performance as Doris Day gives in "The Thrill of it All," they'd be nominated for an Oscar. Just look at what wins Academy Awards today! Day's acting in "Thrill" is just as good, or better, than Helen Hunt in "As Good As it Gets."

Hollywood seems to have "had it in" for Doris. In this film, she was so natural, so damn good, and above all, FUNNY. She and James Garner made a handsome couple and gave this film that extra sparkle. Thanks to the clever script/screenplay by Carl Reiner, this comedy had lots to say.

I enjoyed all of the performers here. Zazu Pitts was extremely funny as Olivia, the maid. Doris has always had wonderful support in her films and this one was no exception. Arlene Francis was great as the expectant older mother and Edward Andrews deserved a best supporting Oscar nod. Why he didn't get one is beyond me. It's similar to the way the Oscars ignored Tony Randall's superb work in all three Day/Hudson flicks.

Alice Pearce ("Bewitched") was a scream as the money hungry wife during the traffic jam. This is the scene where Andrews displayed his expertise in comedy (this should have been Oscar time for him).

One of my favorite scenes in the picture was when Beverly and her Dr. husband were besieged by Bev's fans in the restaurant. Very effective and not overdone.

Day was wonderful in most of her scenes and really broke me up when she first did her soap commercial. The whole picture is a delight and director, Norman Jewison was right on target. Boy, do I wish he'd directed "Pillow Talk," for he would have kept a tight reign on Doris' tendency to get "too cutesy." Here, she was appropriately mature AND sexy.

Very touching was the scene after the baby was born in the back of the limo. Day is overwhelmed by the experience of assisting in the birth and just wants her Dr. husband to hold her. Beautiful. This one gets the highest rating in my book.


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