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Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

The author of a best-selling fishing guide is actually incredibly inexperienced when it comes to the sport, which causes mayhem when he is entered into a competition.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Pat Frank (story "The Girl Who Almost Got Away"), John Fenton Murray | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Roger Willoughby
Paula Prentiss ... Abigail Page
Maria Perschy ... Isolde 'Easy' Mueller
John McGiver ... William Cadwalader
Charlene Holt ... Tex Connors
Roscoe Karns ... Major Phipps
James Westerfield ... Policeman
Norman Alden ... John Screaming Eagle
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Skaggs
Regis Toomey ... Bagley
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Customer Bush
Kathie Browne ... Marcia
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Storyline

Roger Willoughby is considered to be a leading expert on sports fishing. He's written books on the subject and is loved by his customers in the sporting goods department at Abercrombie and Fitch, where he works. There's only one problem however: he's never been fishing in his life. When the store owner enters him in a fishing contest, mayhem ensues. Written by garykmcd

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What is Man's Favorite Sport?...Just ask any Girl! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Goldfisch an der Leine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Grant turned down the lead role because he was 58 and the leading lady Paula Prentiss was only 24. See more »

Goofs

Peter McGiver's character says his wife makes him wear a hair piece. He isn't wearing a wedding ring. See more »

Connections

References Libeled Lady (1936) See more »

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Man's Favorite Sport
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyric by Johnny Mercer
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Paula Prentiss Was A Glorious Star
12 June 2011 | by williwawSee all my reviews

I have to admit I had a serious crush on Paula Prentiss during her days as a big star. Gloriously beautiful, sexy, with that great Texas accent Ms. Prentiss was a great sexy comedienne and this is likely her greatest role in Howard Hawks Man's Favorite Sport. Initially to be filmed at Paramount with Prentiss and Cary Grant, Paramount per legend refused to cast Paula Prentiss, so Howard Hawks took the project to Universal and cast Rock Hudson and Ms. Prentiss. Man's Favorite Sport? has top notch Universal production values and both stars play off well against each other. Paula Prentiss in an interview years later said she was speechless when introduced to Mr. Hudson as she claimed he was even better looking in person than he was on screen, and that Hudson's personal appearance was so great it was almost beyond comprehension.

Mr Hudson does well in this film. This is a fine wacky comedy directed by a Master Director Howard Hawks and features Ms. Prentiss' finest performance. Paula Prentiss got and deserved equal star billing over the title with box office champ Rock Hudson. I for one am glad that Howard Hawks stood his ground and insisted on Mr. Prentiss who was loaned to Hawks and Universal Prentiss' from home studio MGM

Viva Paula Prentiss


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