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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jennifer Nelson
... Bruce Templeton
... Axel Nordstrom
... Ralph Goodwin
... Homer Cripps
... Gen. Wallace Bleecker
... Edgar Hill
... Julius Pritter (as Dom De Luise)
... Zack Molloy
... Nina Bailey
... Mr. Fenimore
... Mrs. Fenimore
... Anna Miller
Dee J. Thompson ... Donna
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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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Comedy | Romance

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9 June 1966 (USA)  »

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The Spy in Lace Panties  »

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$9,200,000, 31 December 1966
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2.35 : 1
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This was Doris Day's last successful film at the box office. Day's manager/husband Martin Melcher had her follow this with Caprice, Where We're You When the Lights Went Out, With Six You Get Eggroll and The Ballad of Josie. When all four of those films failed to make money, Melcher negotiated a multi-million-dollar contract with CBS to do The Doris Day Show (a deal of which Day claimed to be completely unaware until after Melcher's death in April, 1968). See more »

Goofs

When Bruce is showing Jennifer around the kitchen, he peels and eats a banana and drops the peel on the floor for the robotic vacuum to pick it up. Later, while talking to the CIA, he says "I hate bananas!" However, he pretended to like bananas solely to impress Jennifer; therefore, he is not making a mistake but, instead being consistent. See more »

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Bruce Templeton: This vault of 10-inch steel plate will open only to the frequency of my own voice repeating this equation: G for gamma, B for beta, A for alpha, Omega for open sesame.
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Bossa Nova Bessie
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First-class comedy and romance
22 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Is this Doris Day's best movie? Probably not, but it's one of her funniest pictures from this era--more so than any of her successful "bedroom comedies" of the decade. Fashionably advertised as a spy comedy--it's really not (there's some spy stuff late in the film)--it features our Doris as a kooky widow with a menagerie of pets who spends her nights at school (some of her classes are ballet and map-making!) and her days as an aerospace tour guide. On the weekends, she dons a mermaid's tail and swims beneath her father's vessel. Doris is very down-to-the-earth here, never too-cute. I loved the warmly feminine feel she gives to the song "Soft As The Starlight", and the lovely look on her face after Rod Taylor kisses her for the first time. The slapstick is raucous and noisy, yet there's a big laugh when Paul Lynde follows Doris into the powder room dressed in drag, or when Doris makes a date with two different men for a romantic evening, and the men are the ones who end up (innocently) in bed together (Dick Martin says to Edward Andrews, "Do you wanna meet early and pick out the furniture?"). An exceptional '60s bauble: plush, breezy, essentially brainless, but one that makes for a great couple of hours. ***1/2 from ****


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