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The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | 9 June 1966 (USA)
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After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Everett Freeman
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Jennifer Nelson
Rod Taylor ... Bruce Templeton
Arthur Godfrey ... Axel Nordstrom
John McGiver ... Ralph Goodwin
Paul Lynde ... Homer Cripps
Edward Andrews ... Gen. Wallace Bleecker
Eric Fleming ... Edgar Hill
Dom DeLuise ... Julius Pritter (as Dom De Luise)
Dick Martin ... Zack Molloy
Elisabeth Fraser ... Nina Bailey
George Tobias ... Mr. Fenimore
Alice Pearce ... Mrs. Fenimore
Ellen Corby ... Anna Miller
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... Donna
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Storyline

Jennifer Nelson and Bruce Templeton meet when Bruce reels in her mermaid suit leaving Jennifer bottomless in the waters off Catalina Island. She later discovers that Bruce is the big boss at her work (a research lab). Bruce hires Jennifer to be his biographer - only to try and win her affections. However, there's a problem. Bruce's friend General Wallace Bleeker believes that Jennifer is a Russian spy, and he has her placed under surveillance. Then, when Jennifer catches on...Watch Out! Written by Kelly

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spy in Lace Panties See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,200,000, 31 December 1966
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Reflecting the changing morals of the 1960s, this is the first rom/com in which a character played by "Ultimate Screen Virgin" Doris Day agrees to spend the night with a man to whom she is not married (though comic complications prevent Day and Rod Taylor from consumating their planned tryst). See more »

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In the beginning of the film, a hook can be seen holding Jennifer in position underwater. See more »

Quotes

Bruce Templeton: It just seems I know owe you one shoe and one mermaid's tail.
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References Bewitched (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glass Bottom Boat
by Joe Lubin
Performed by Doris Day and Arthur Godfrey (uncredited)
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Will spying spoil Mermaid Hunter?
21 May 2004 | by TheFerrymanSee all my reviews

This film has its moments of great screwball comedy, and Tashlin seems to keep alive the finesse and sophistication of a Hawks, McCarey or LaCava. The story built around the attraction between two opposite individuals never reach the sublime heights of `Bringing up Baby' –needles to say, Taylor and Day aren't Grant and Hepburn-, and it seems that this film greatest problem is not to dare going too far in its craze, as other Tashlin's films like `Rock Hunter' or `Artists and Models' did. Probably the cause is the plot dealing with the cold war, a subject pretty much on the focus at the time. Now and them you feel that the director is doing a sort of journalism through a territory that doesn't suit him as good as Hollywood and its superficiality, for example. But Tashlin always manages to insert his comments about the decadence of American life, a circumstance that not even the fanciest of technology can hide. In his anarchic fashion, Tashlin's films counterpart Douglas Sirk's melodramas. Both are about the same, but the path chosen to express its vision are opposite.

This film has a wonderful use of color, an admirable pacing and a freshness rarely seen in the studio comedies of the time (the singing scene in the boat looks totally improvised). But if Tashlin's background as a cartoonist often contributes to his creative ability to take situations beyond the edge, and to destroy a stiff established order, very seldom this very quality can work against him. And this is what happens with all the bad guys in this film. They are a mere caricature, and one can never feel them as a serious threat. The theme demanded something more serious, and these clumsy amateurs certainly fail.

Anyway, watch the film and sing the title's tune; it'll remain with you for ages.


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