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Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1964 (USA)
A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Helen Gurley Brown (book), Joseph Heller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Bob Weston
Natalie Wood ... Helen Brown
Henry Fonda ... Frank
Lauren Bacall ... Sylvia
Mel Ferrer ... Rudy
Fran Jeffries ... Gretchen
Leslie Parrish ... Susan
Edward Everett Horton ... The Chief
Larry Storch ... Motorcycle Cop
Stubby Kaye ... Helen's Cabbie
Howard St. John ... Randall
Otto Kruger ... Dr. Anderson
Max Showalter ... Holmes
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Sylvester
Helen Kleeb ... Hilda
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall and Mel Ferrer bring you the world's greatest example of dedicated do-it-yourself! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

...und ledige Mädchen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Just after entering the highway, Curly Klein (the yellow cab driver, credited as "Sylvia's Cabbie") says, "See that? Nobody passes Speed Vogel." Irving "Speed" Vogel was a friend and occasional collaborator of Joseph Heller, famed author and one of the screenwriters. See more »

Goofs

Immediately after Rudy asks Gretchen if she likes to dance, the shot changes to Frank's car going the wrong way up an on ramp, narrowly passing between a light blue Corvair and a black car. Then as Frank reaches the top of the ramp, he again narrowly misses a collision with another light blue Corvair. See more »

Quotes

Helen Gurley Brown: Mr. Broderick, when did all this jealousy start?
Bob Weston: [pretending to be Frank Broderick] On our honeymoon. Even before our honeymoon, I guess. She knows I used to play around a lot before we were married.
Helen Gurley Brown: How does she know?
Bob Weston: She was the one I used to play around a lot with.
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Connections

Referenced in Columbo: Sex and the Married Detective (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Sex And The Single Girl
by Neal Hefti and Richard Quine
Title song sung by Fran Jeffries
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One of the great comedies of the 60's
20 December 2000 | by bruceboxSee all my reviews

Like it's literary namesake, this film is a campy relic from the dawn of the sexual revolution. However unlike the aforementioned book, this film is a whole lot of fun! Natalie Wood manages to hit her stride, squeezing the maximum humor from a deadpan delivery. Tony Curtis is smarmy, smug and loving it. Henry Fonda is having a ball, and Lauren Becall is the undisputed queen of droll comedy.

These performances are the highlights of a sophisticated romp, early 60's LA style. Mel Fererr's martini dance should be an inspiration to lounge swingers everywhere. From the cartoon credits, to the Sexy Sox showroom, to the hilarious freeway chase scene, it's all winking nodding blur of couches, crewcuts and cocktails. Great fun viewing for single girls and guys.


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