Using Helen Gurley Brown's book as a jump off point, we follow the adventures of a supermarket tabloid editor as he tries to parlay an interview with the author of the book into headlines and sales. Of course, a romantic entanglement ensues.Written by
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As soon as Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood's characters conclude their first meeting, the camera zooms into the small statue of a bow-and-arrow carrying centaur by the window. This foreshadows the "Cupid's arrow" love that will grow between these two people. See more »
The first dart Bob throws at Helen's picture lands right in the middle of her head, blocking her face. Yet when the scene is cut and he walks away from the dart board, her face is now exposed, dart removed, ready for the camera to zoom in on her picture. See more »
[pretending to be Frank Broderick]
When I get anxious, I get scared. Because I'm scared, I get inadequate. And, because I'm inadequate, she thinks - she thinks I'm with other women. She - doesn't think that I'm inadequate. She just thinks I'm tired.
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What could have been a sharp satire on 60's sexual attitudes runs basically lame throughout, the script simply comes up short. The basic mistaken identity plot device fails to provide laughs and it is so much the base of the film's story that it's failure prevents the whole from going anywhere.
However, all is not lost. There is a saving grace, and that is the presence of the then 25 year old Natalie Wood, playing the sexologist Helen Gurley Brown.
Wood, in this film is staggeringly pretty. She had, at that age, a natural girl next door beauty that has rarely if ever been rivaled in film history. Seeing this film and Wood again recently for the first time in decades was a revelation. About her, not the mediocre film.
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