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Critic's Choice (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 April 1963 (USA)
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Parker Ballantine is a New York theater critic and his wife writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Parker must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage.

Director:

Don Weis

Writers:

Ira Levin (play), Jack Sher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Parker Ballantine
Lucille Ball ... Angela Ballantine
Marilyn Maxwell ... Ivy London
Rip Torn ... Dion Kapakos
Jessie Royce Landis ... Charlotte Orr aka Charlie
John Dehner ... S.P. Champlain
Jim Backus ... Dr. William Von Hagedorn
Rickey Kelman ... John Ballantine (as Ricky Kelman)
Dorothy Green ... Mrs. Margaret Champlain
Marie Windsor ... Sally Orr
Joseph Gallison Joseph Gallison ... Philip 'Phil' Yardley (as Evan McCord)
Joan Shawlee ... Marge Orr
Richard Deacon ... Harvey Rittenhouse
Jerome Cowan ... Joe Rosenfield
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Geoffrey Von Hagedorn
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Storyline

Parker Ballantine is the most respected and forthright of the New York theater critics. Most of his closest friends are part of the Broadway community, such as his ex-wife actress Ivy London and producer S.P. Champlain. These friendships are not affected by bad reviews from Parker. Angie Ballantine is Parker's current devoted and faithful wife, who goes with him to show openings and even waits in the newsroom for him to write his reviews. Parker and Ivy's son, John Ballantine, lives with his father and Angie, who he loves. Angie has had problems in her life seeing projects through to completion, so Parker reacts with some skepticism when Angie announces she plans to write an autobiographical play about her growing up period. This project does become one that Angie does see through to completion, at least to a first draft stage, and despite Parker's disdainful reaction to at least the process, she is eager for his opinion on this draft. He complies. He hates it and tells her as such. ... Written by Huggo

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Warner Bros. happily brings Broadway's 'choice' comedy to the screen! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma femme est sans critique See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of poor audience reaction at test screenings, this film sat unreleased for a year before being sent to theaters. The delay did not help, as it received generally unfavorable reviews. See more »

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When Angie flies out for the first out-of-town preview of her play, it is late November or early December 1962, but both magazine issues John buys at the airport were published in April 1962 (cover dates in May 1962). See more »

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John Ballantine: For the record, Sisters Three was written by Angela Ballantine, directed by Dion Kapakos, and produced by mistake.
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Ending: "The absolute End" See more »

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References Mary, Mary (1963) See more »

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One of the most unfunny comedies I have ever had the displeasure of slogging through
8 December 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Torturous farce based on Ira Levin's stage hit about nasty East Coast theater critic who insists on writing the review for his wife's new play. Bob Hope is utterly unpleasant throughout this ham-handed dud, which was apparently more sophisticated in its original form. Lucille Ball gets in a few choice moments, but the lousy finale cheats her and the viewer. An unmitigated disaster which probably looked more promising on the deal-table at Sardi's than it does on the screen. Don Weis is responsible for the flat direction; Charles Lang photographed, in blurry reds and depressing grays. If this is the continuation of "The Facts of Life", I'll stick with Hope and Ball from 1960. * from ****


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