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Once Is Not Enough (1975)

A young woman goes home to New York after a long stay in Europe. Her former schoolmate introduces her to the decadence of New York and she ultimately falls in love with an older man who's a stand-in for her father, before tragedy strikes.

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Guy Green
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Mike Wayne
Alexis Smith ... Deidre Milford Granger
David Janssen ... Tom Colt
George Hamilton ... David Milford
Melina Mercouri ... Karla
Gary Conway ... Hugh Robertson
Brenda Vaccaro ... Linda Riggs
Deborah Raffin ... January Wayne
Lillian Randolph ... Mabel
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Maria
Mark Roberts ... Rheingold
John Roper ... Franco
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Dr. Peterson
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Scotty
Ann Marie Moelders Ann Marie Moelders ... Girl at El Morocco
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Storyline

January Wayne, the sheltered, much-loved daughter of a formerly successful Hollywood producer, goes home to New York after a lengthy stint in a Swiss hospital. Mike Wayne has fallen on hard times and decides to marry for money. January is an innocent young woman who searches for her place in the world. Pursued by her rich new stepmother's playboy of a cousin, she instead falls hard for a much older man, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who's a surrogate for her father, before tragedy strikes.

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The Husband for sale - bought for $3 million. The Daughter - a virgin eager to make up for lost time. The Novelist who couldn't live the fantasies he wrote about. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The character of novelist Tom Colt (David Janssen) was based on Norman Mailer. The award that Colt had won was the Pulitzer Prize. In real life, Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature for "The Armies of the Night" in 1969. Mailer won a second Pulitzer Prize after the film was made, in 1980 for "The Executioner's Song". See more »

Quotes

Linda Riggs: Listen, if you don't appreciate rock, I've got plenty of others. Mood stuff.
[flips through record collection]
Linda Riggs: How's this? "Music To Get It Up By".
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Referenced in The Rockford Files: The No-Cut Contract (1976) See more »

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Once Is Not Enough
Lyrics by Larry Kusik
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by The Mancini Singers
courtesy of RCA Records
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Douglas Sirk with Down Syndrome
6 August 1999 | by nunculusSee all my reviews

Wackadoo slice of late Susann--the most swanky I-love-daddy fantasy ever committed to celluloid. Little princess Deborah Raffin can't get over those warm, tingly feelings she has for Daddy (Kirk Douglas), a worn-out Hollywood producer reduced to marrying a lesbian billionaire (Alexis Smith) to keep Princess in cashmere. When she feels her special place has been taken by the sapphic capitalist, she shifts to a handy incest-surrogate--a soused genius novelist (David Janssen) who seems to be modeled after Norman Mailer. In a stroke of sublime Susann fantasy, Mailer-Janssen is impotent--cured by the nubile caresses of Princess. Throw in Brenda Vaccaro as a man-eating fashion editor and you have a mound of trash with as much fragrance as a New York sanitation strike.

The saddest credits on this number: "Producer--Howard Koch. Assistant Director--Howard Koch, Jr." Imagine the agony of poor Guy Green, an aging British yeoman who had just finished work on a biography of Martin Luther, as he struggled with the correct way to shoot a sex scene between Alexis Smith and Melina Mercouri. It's all not quite as peacocklike as it sounds, but Susann certainly had a pop style--the raspy voice of an old Broadway bawd telling an ingenue (i.e., her hausfrau-ly reader), how it really is in the big, ugly, grown-up world. The freaky, non-contradictory mix of camp, obsession and melodrama a la fromage has a sweetness a half century later: the biggest-selling woman author of all time really did just want to be a pampered shiksa teenager stroking some graying temples.


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