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If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)

The humorous adventures of a group of American tourists taking an eighteen-day guided bus tour of nine European countries.

Director:

Mel Stuart

Writers:

David Shaw (story), David Shaw (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Charlie Cartwright
Suzanne Pleshette ... Samantha Perkins
Vittorio De Sica ... Shoemaker
Murray Hamilton ... Fred Ferguson
Sandy Baron ... John Marino
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... Giuseppe
Paul Esser ... German Sergeant
Suzy Falk Suzy Falk ... German Sergeant's Wife
Michael Constantine ... Jack Harmon
Pamela Britton ... Freda
Norman Fell ... Harve Blakely
Reva Rose Reva Rose ... Irma Blakely
Hilarie Thompson ... Shelly Ferguson
Luke Halpin ... Bo
Donovan ... Singer in Youth Hostel
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Storyline

Womanizing Brit Charlie Cartwright is about to conduct Worldwind Tour #225, a nine country, eighteen day bus trip from London to Rome. He uses these tours in large part to catch up with his vast stable of casual girlfriends located in each of the visited cities. Within the group of disparate Americans on this tour, most who have never been to Europe, and the reason for them taking this trip are: parents who want to get their hormone driven teen-aged daughter away from her boyfriend despite the fact that the father doesn't want to leave the familiarity of home; a not-so woman's man who wants to prove to his friends that he had a beautiful woman in every country; an ethnic non-Italian speaking Italian who wants to catch up with the relatives he's never met; a WWII veteran who wants to re-experience the best times he's ever had; and a man who solely wants "free" souvenirs. But the one Charlie is most interested in is pretty Samantha Perkins, a self-confessed straight-laced woman who ... Written by Huggo

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I'm Europe, Baby. I sent you Dutch Elm Disease, German Measles, and Russian Roulette. You sent me World Wind Vacation Tour #225. Now we're even. See more »


Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Si es martes debe ser Bélgica See more »

Filming Locations:

Switzerland See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,000,000, 31 December 1969
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Production Co:

Wolper Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During one of the interludes that Shelly Ferguson (Hilarie Thompson) spends with the free-spirited Bo (Luke Halpin), she admires the slogan "Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came" that he has displayed on his motorcycle. That phrase is also the title of the next (and last) movie--Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970)--in which their co-star, Pamela Britton, appeared before her untimely death in 1974. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where he first meets Hilarie Thompson, Luke Halpin is shown wearing regular street clothes and shoes. When he mounts his motorcycle, the camera cuts away to someone wearing brown riding boots, kicking the motorcycle to start. Then as he drives away, he's back in his original footwear. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Cartwright: Sam Perkins?
Samantha Perkins: Uh, that's Samantha.
Charlie Cartwright: Oh, I'm sorry, they've abbreviated it here. Is that Miss or Mrs.?
Samantha Perkins: Miss.
Charlie Cartwright: [smiling] Which is as good as a mile, eh?
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Crazy Credits

"The End" title card initially looks like just any other title card. However, the camera zooms out and reveals that it is a picture hanging on a wall. The character played by Aubrey Morris (the kleptomaniac) enters and removes it from the wall, trying conspicuously to hide it in his coat. He walks off and the screen fades out. See more »


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Lord Of The Reedy River
Written and Performed by Donovan
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European Travel before the EU and the euro,
8 June 2008 | by dglinkSee all my reviews

While not a laugh-out-loud comedy, "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" is a humorous, affectionate take on group travel that will resonate with anyone who has been on a European bus tour. Ian McShane is the British guide for World Wind Tours Number 225, which will sweep through nine countries in eighteen days. McShane's American tourists include such comedic talents as Norman Fell, Marty Ingels, Reva Rose, Peggy Cass, Pamela Britton, and Sandy Baron. Although not well known for comedy, Murray Hamilton, Michael Constantine, and Mildred Natwick are spot-on funny as well and fill out the bus-load of stereotypes. Murray Hamilton stands out as the congenital cynic who was dragged away from his comfy couch for the trip. Hamilton's expressions and delivery capture the feelings of every male who has submitted to his wife's desire for a cultural experience in a foreign land.

The photography by Vilis Lapenieks captures the beauty of a Europe that flits by faster than the group can either absorb or appreciate. Strangely enough, only the Marty Ingels character, who is obsessed with photographing beautiful women to inspire jealousy among his male friends back home, appears to carry a camera. Predictably, a romantic liaison develops between tourist Suzanne Pleshette, who is as lovely as ever, and guide McShane. The Pleshette-McShane relationship, however, shines in contrast to the bloodless attraction between teens Hilary Thompson and Luke Halpin, who had better chemistry with dolphins. However, when the movie hits its target, it is engaging and oddly nostalgic, which the wistful title tune by Donovan underscores. For many, a quick glimpse of European wonders is a once in a lifetime experience whose memories must endure, and McShane emphasizes to Pleshette that tourists like her get an enormous return for their money.

Unfortunately, younger viewers may not react to the satire and sharp observations, because the film is firmly set in the 1960's. Veterans of World War II are increasingly rare and few make trips back to the battlefields. Hotels no longer monogram their towels for sticky fingered guests. Carnaby Street is no longer a mecca for mod fashion, and inoculations are unnecessary for European trips. However, anyone who has crossed the pond will recognize that Rome will never be a place to rent a car, American franchises abound in European cities, and yodeling is still an acquired taste. "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" is a time capsule for those who want to relive or catch a glimpse of European travel before the EU, the euro, and the proliferation of the English language homogenized the continent and stole some of the fun away. With a bit of nostalgia, some talented comedians, and director Mel Stuart's pacing, which is nearly as fast as the tour bus, the film is gentle fun and above average entertainment.


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