A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.


Norman Jewison


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


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, whom 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 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 believes ... Written by Huggo

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


Comedy | Romance


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The pool used in the film was a part of the Universal theme park tour. (It would have been around 1968 or 1969.) The tram would go by the set with a car still in the water. See more »


In the bathroom sequence, Beverly tells her son he is not due for a bath until tomorrow, but that night says she had to bathe her daughter because the two kids had been in a mud fight. See more »


Mrs. Fraleigh: I don't know when I've been so happy. I guess there's nothing more fulfilling in life than having a baby. Oh, listen to me. Something you've probably heard a thousand times.
Dr. Gerald Boyer: Never stated so beautifully.
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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 »


The Thrill Of It All
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocals by The Johnny Mann Singers
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Undated Romantic Comedy
23 May 2003 | by willramsSee all my reviews

One of my favorite Doris Day movies with James Garner, her OB doctor husband; but the funniest scenes of all was when Arlene Francis, who plays an older woman having her first child in a taxi cab because of a traffic jam, and her hubby is running all over the place. It is still an undated romantic comedy with some great one-liners. Doris gets bored with home life and becomes a superstar TV commercial for soap products; still this is one of her best because the writers were the best; Larry Gelbart and Rob Reiner 7/10

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Release Date:

17 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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