Comedy | In English | 102 minutes | 1959
This film was made at the time when having a telephone party line was common. Jan Morrow, an interior decorator, and the composer Brad Allen, a womanizing bachelor, share such a line. Jan complains that Brad is hogging the line wooing one woman after another while crooning his latest song to each of them. One evening Brad sees Jan dancing in a nightclub and learns who she is. Anxious to meet her, Brad masquerades as a wealthy Texas rancher. Jan is excited with this new friend until she finds out who he really is. Trying to win her back, Brad’s housekeeper, Alma, suggests that Brad hire Jan to decorate his apartment. Like all good comedies, after a few twists and turns, it all ends happily.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus) 92% 92%
The New York Times: 10 Best Films of 1959
Golden Globes: Best Musical or Comedy; Doris Day nominated for Best Actress
Academy Awards: Doris Day nominated for Best Actress; Thelma Ritter nominated for Best Supporting Actress
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A nice old-fashioned device, the telephone party line, serves as a quaint convenience to bring together Rock Hudson and Doris Day in what must be cheerfully acknowledged as one of the most lively and up-to-date comedy romances of the year. It is really the clever, witty screenplay that accounts for much of the sparkle in this film. Their devices are crisp, their dialogue funny, and their cinema mechanics are neat. Frequent clever use of a split screen makes for fresh and appropriate drolleries. This fun is transmitted to the audience in an easy and generous flow of ingeniously graphic situations and nimble repartee.
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