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Boeing, Boeing (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 1966 (Turkey)
A friend visits his philandering friend just as that man's scheme of being secretly simultaneously engaged to three flight attendants goes awry.

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John Rich

Writers:

Edward Anhalt (screenplay), Marc Camoletti (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Bernard Lawrence
Jerry Lewis ... Robert Reed
Dany Saval ... Jacqueline Grieux - Air France
Christiane Schmidtmer ... Lise Bruner - Lufthansa
Suzanna Leigh ... Vicky Hawkins - British United
Thelma Ritter ... Bertha
Lomax Study Lomax Study ... Pierre
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Storyline

American playboy Bernard Lawrence has cleverly designed a system using the airline timetables to keep going three affairs with flight stewardesses. However, his life soon starts to descend into a shambles after the arrival of a friend, Robert Reed, and a dreaded change to the flight order, whereby it becomes increasingly difficult to keep his three fiancées apart. Written by David Gibson <djg6@ukc.ac.uk>

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The In Comedy of the Year about Making Out! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

1966 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Boeing Boeing See more »

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Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A dispute over which actor--Tony Curtis or Jerry Lewis--would receive top billing was settled in print ads and posters by criss-crossing names on a diagonal so a portion of each star's name on the top line appeared on the top line (first name for one, surname for the other--with remainder of name on bottom line in reversed order.) In the film's trailer both names flash on screen in an animated circle, rotating so rapidly it's impossible to discern who is the top-billed star. See more »

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Bertha: You don't need a maid. You need the mafia.
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Boeing, Boeing, Gone
28 October 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Boeing Boeing is known primarily today as the film where Jerry Lewis stepped out of his schnook character and played a lead role in a Sixties sex comedy. Jerry does all right in expanding his range on this one, but the whole thing itself is not the greatest these type of films ever.

It's more of a warmed over version of The Tender Trap than anything else with Lewis playing not quite so second a banana to Tony Curtis as David Wayne did with Frank Sinatra.

Curtis has a great little operation going over at his place, he's got three fiancés, all airline stewardesses working at different airlines who live at his rather sumptuous bachelor pad in Paris. He keeps complete track of the schedule of Dany Saval for Air France, Christine Schmidtmer for Lufthansa, and Susanna Leigh for British Airways. But one fine day schedules change. Not only that, but an old rival Jerry Lewis comes into town and watches in amazement.

I'm still trying to figure out just how Tony Curtis could afford the living quarters he was in together with live-in maid Thelma Ritter who helps him keep the pretenses up. Just how a Jewish maid from Queens got to be living in Paris is also a mystery. All this mind you is on a reporter's salary and no one said that Curtis was Carl Bernstein.

Good thing he could afford her because Thelma Ritter as usual is the best thing in the film despite the statuesque proportions of the ladies involved. Especially Schmidtmer as Ritter caustically commented.

In his memoirs Tony Curtis says he liked making Boeing Boeing and thinks highly of Jerry Lewis as a person and comedian. He also said Lewis even when not doing his usual shtick in a film was still the greatest scene stealer on the planet with whom he had to stay constantly alert.

It's not a bad comedy, some will find it incredibly sexist for their taste. It does suffer by comparison to The Tender Trap.


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