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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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She's hoping he's ready. He's wishing she's willing. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Was diese Frau so alles treibt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carl Reiner had intended the role of Beverly Boyer for Judy Holliday, but, whose ill health prevented her from making the film. This is the 2nd time, Ms Day would step in on a film project which was originally intended for someone else, the first being _Move Over Darling (1963)_, which was originally being shot as as_Something's Got To Give (1962)_, starring Marilyn Monroe, but, who's tragic death lead to that film being recast, and re-filmed with Ms. Day. See more »

Goofs

Beverly pulls the same part of the gown off of Gerald's head twice after Gerald trips over the camera equipment (when the crew is filming a commercial in the couple's bedroom). See more »

Quotes

Beverly Boyer: [On live camera and nervous] Hello. I'm... I'm Beverly Boyer and I'm a pig.
Old Tom Fraleigh: A pig?
Mrs. Fraleigh: A pig?
Gardiner Fraleigh: A pig?
Mike Palmer: A pig?
Andy Boyer: What did mommy say?
Olivia: She said she was a pig.
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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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Soundtracks

Overture of the light cavalry
(uncredited)
written by Franz von Suppé
(briefly played at the end when Dr. Boyer is riding on the horse through the traffic)
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a real fun movie.
7 April 2003 | by Jay09101951See all my reviews

Some folks might find the movie corny by todays standards but having seen it almost 40 years ago and then seeing it recently, it still is a movie that has some real hilarious scenes. I think it could be the funniest movie Doris Day ever made, even funnier than Pillow Talk. To me the scene when the pool is full of soap suds and the scene with James Garner riding a cop's horse to deliver a baby are classics.


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