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How Sweet It Is! (1968)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 25 September 1968 (Sweden)
Photographer Grif Henderson is assigned a photo shoot in Paris. He decides to take his wife Jenny and his hippie son Davey with him on the shoot. Jenny unknowingly rents a house that ... See full summary »


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Garry Marshall (screenplay by), Jerry Belson (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Grif
Debbie Reynolds ... Jenny
Maurice Ronet ... Phillipe
Terry-Thomas ... Gilbert Tilly
Paul Lynde ... The Purser
Marcel Dalio ... Louis
Gino Conforti ... Agatzi
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Davey
Hilarie Thompson ... Bootsie
Alexandra Hay ... Gloria
Mary Michael ... Nancy Leigh
Walter Brooke ... Haskell Wax
Elena Verdugo ... Vera Wax
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Bibi (as Ann M. Guilbert)
Patty Regan ... Midge


Photographer Grif Henderson is assigned a photo shoot in Paris. He decides to take his wife Jenny and his hippie son Davey with him on the shoot. Jenny unknowingly rents a house that belongs to a French lawyer. She must fend off his charms and stay true to Grif, while he likewise tries to stay true to her on the shoot. Written by <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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The laughter is not just for all day - but for all time! [UK] See more »




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Did You Know?


Hit songwriter Jimmy Webb composed two songs for the soundtrack of this film, the title track, "How Sweet It Is," and "Montage," which appears at the midway point, when both Penny Marshall and Heather Menzies-Urich make their appearances below a portrait of the Mona Lisa. Both songs were performed by The Picardy Singers, neither became a hit. See more »


At about an hour in, when Grif is shaving in the hotel room, he shaves his chin but a few seconds later there is a shot of him with shaving creme on his chin again. See more »


Haskell Wax: Eh, do you think Vera... dominates me?
Grif Henderson: [nods] Mm-hmm.
Haskell Wax: My psychiatrist says it's good for me.
[Grif nods]
Haskell Wax: Of course, Vera picked my psychiatrist.
[Grif looks at him warily]
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Alternate Versions

Network-TV version in the USA has opening credits with different artwork than the regular version (stills of aparrel-store mannequins without clothes) so as to look less offensive, in spite of its G-rating. See more »


Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »


Written by Jimmy Webb (as Jim Webb)
Performed by Picardy
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I ask you sir: Is THIS the body of a teenager's mother?
27 December 1998 | by chaz-18See all my reviews

From a time in which movies were much more innocent, 'How Sweet It Is' is one of many comedies from the sixties that had to rely on script, timing, and facial expression instead of today's toilet humor to make audiences laugh. Not the funniest of the lot, but far from the worst.

James Garner and Debbie Reynolds are a married couple accompanying their teenage son as chaperones on a trip to Europe. Aboard the ocean liner, they are constantly trying to rekindle their romance by interludes in various cubbyholes of the ship. It's worth watching just to see the look of disgust on Paul Lynde's face and hear him sneer "Animals!" when he discovers them hiding in a lifeboat. Misunderstandings, jealousy, a rogue Frenchman, and a close encounter with divorce are in store before their European trip is over.

James Garner displays a knack for comedy, which he will later refine in his "Support Your Local Sheriff/Gunfighter" movies.

Good, clean fun if anyone is interested in that sort of thing nowadays. Kind of like a Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie. (Those were great, too!)

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Release Date:

25 September 1968 (Sweden) See more »

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Cherokee Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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