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Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

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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.

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Howard Hawks

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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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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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...Girls are good at it too! See more »

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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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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Paula Prentiss' character tears her dress and Rock Hudson has to walk out close behind her, telling his boss that he will be with him in a minute is lifted almost verbatim from a scene from Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. 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

Referenced in Documentário (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Man's Favorite Sport
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyric by Johnny Mercer
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Hilarious Happenings at Lake Wakapoogee
6 August 2014 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

Rock Hudson and Doris Day made a great box office team for comedy romances. But, Rock could also do comedy quite well with other co-stars. In this case, it's Paula Prentiss. Only, the theme is reversed in this film. Rock is the pursuer of Doris in their films. Here, it's Prentiss who is pursuing Hudson.

Form the very start – the title of the film, one has as inkling of the fun that is about to get underway. The name, "Man's Favorite Sport?" ends with a question mark. So, is it fishing that the cover and plot otherwise lead one to believe? Or is it something else? Again, the opening credits and song give it away. So, all the viewer has to do is sit back and enjoy this wonderful comedy romance.

A lot happens at Lake Wakapoogee when sporting goods salesman and how-to fishing author, Roger Willoughby (Hudson), must join the lake's annual fishing contest. And it's all funny. The hijinks are all at Rock's expense, and he shows that he can play that end of comedy every bit as well as on the dishing out side. Prentiss is Abigail Page, public relations agent for the lake lodge. She is very good in her role with her not so subtle come on to Willoughby. Toss in a fine cast of some fishing impresarios and friends, and it's one fine funny film. This is good, clean fun for the whole family.


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