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Quick, Before It Melts (1964)

A reporter and a photographer become entwined with women, marriage, and a defecting Russian scientist while on an expedition to Antarctica for their magazine.


Delbert Mann


Philip Benjamin (novel), Dale Wasserman (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
George Maharis ... Peter Santelli
Robert Morse ... Oliver Cromwell Cannon
Anjanette Comer ... Tiara Marshall
James Gregory ... Vice Admiral
Michael Constantine ... Mikhail Drozhensky
Howard St. John ... Harvey T. Sweigert
Norman Fell ... George Snell
Janine Gray ... Diana Grenville-Wells
Bernard Fox ... Leslie Folliott
Richard LePore ... Ben Livingston
Conlan Carter ... Orville Bayleaf
Yvonne Craig ... Sharon Sweigert
Hal Baylor ... Prison Guard
Doodles Weaver ... Ham Operator
Frank London Frank London ... Shaggy Type


A reporter and a photographer become entwined with women, marriage, and a defecting Russian scientist while on an expedition to Antarctica for their magazine.

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Harvey T. Sweigert: Refresh my memory, Cannon. Why haven't I fired you?
Oliver Cromwell Cannon: Well, I'm engaged to your daughter.
Harvey T. Sweigert: Oooooh, why does that always slip my mind?
Oliver Cromwell Cannon: She thinks she can make something of me, Sir. It's a tremendous challenge...
Harvey T. Sweigert: That's what I get for sending her to Radcliffe!
Harvey T. Sweigert: How would you like to take a flying trip to the South Pole?
Oliver Cromwell Cannon: I beg your pardon, Sir.
Harvey T. Sweigert: I said, how would you like to...
Oliver Cromwell Cannon: I understand, Sir. But, literally?
Harvey T. Sweigert: You've heard of the South Pole?
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Light romance in the Antarctic. Nice Robert Morse vehicle.
3 December 2001 | by thud-5See all my reviews

Robert Morse excelled in light, romantic musical and comedy roles back in the '60s and '70s. This movie, taken from a book by the same name, is cute, mostly fun to watch, and has Anjanette Comer. If you are familiar with Anjanette Comer back in this era, then you can enjoy this movie even more. Basic plot is that a non-too-successful newspaper reporter is sent to the Antarctic (South Pole in case you are trying to imagine a map) to see if he can dig up a story about anything, especially Communists and plots against the free world. What he finds is a romance while trying to get down there (he is already married) and a bunch of bored scientists and military personnel once he gets there. George Maharis, as the girl-chasing photographer, and Michael Constantine, as the only Russian Morse can even find, are good in their roles. There is nothing that isn't just a shade predictable here, but the movie was directed by Delbert Mann (several Doris Day movies, A Gathering of Eagles, All Quiet on the Western Front-the one with John-Boy-and Night Crossing) who can spin an enjoyable tale. I only wish it were shown on TV or available on video.

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Release Date:

20 January 1965 (USA) See more »

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Depressa Antes Que Derreta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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