Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
American couple Janet (Doris Day) and Mike (Rod Taylor) move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she has been unfaithful.
The Pooles are unable to have a baby after years of trying. They apply to the Rock-A-Bye Adoption Agency, and are assigned Miss Novick as an investigator. Through a farfetched mis-communication she gets a very bad impression of Augie Poole and indicates her report will be unfavorable. Through even more far-fetched circumstances, Augie is able to change Miss Novick's mind, and later comes to believe the baby she is carrying is his. Rock-A-Bye does find the Pooles a baby, and Augie is convinced it is Miss Novick's, and that he is the real father...so much so that his wife comes to believe it, too. She threatens to leave him, but all the misunderstandings are finally cleared up for a happy ending.Written by
Ron Kerrigan <email@example.com>
Director Gene Kelly says that he accepted this assignment as a way of fulfilling the final obligation of his longterm contract with M-G-M, but studio executives stipulated he had to shoot it in black-and-white, using only one main set, with a production schedule of only three weeks, and with a strict budget of just $500,000. The studio was delighted when Kelly was able to honor all those provisos, but the film proved to be a box office disappointment. See more »
In the scene when the women are on their bikes discussing the $1000 you can see leaves falling from the trees. However when the guys are inside, reference is made that the month is March. See more »
August 'Augie' Poole:
[Isolde has confronted him on the mysterious imbalance of 1000 dollars in their bank account]
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Who was it said that?
The cashier at the Westport Bank.
See more »
I noticed this move on TCM the other night as part of the Richard Widmark tribute to his career. I watched about 5-10 minutes wondering why they did a cinemascope movie in b/w. Very odd. Widmark was equal to the task, and seems to have handled comedy quite well. Definitely a good actor. I see I need to chatter on for a total of 10 lines to submit this. What can I say? It's certainly a far cry from his first movie, a Kiss of Death, I believe. His star quickly rose after his portrayal of a sadistic killer. Day was her usual bubbly self. The movie was based on a hit play. Maybe some day it will be explained as to why it was b/w.
On cinemascope, TCM had a one hour feature a few nights before this about Merian Cooper who created the movie King Kong and invented Cinemascope. He had quite a life of adventure, and spent a considerable time commanding and flying planes in WWII.
5 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this