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The Tunnel of Love (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 20 April 1959 (Sweden)
A series of misunderstandings leaves a married man believing he has impregnated the owner of an adoption agency, and that she will be his and his wife's surrogate.

Director:

Gene Kelly

Writers:

Peter De Vries (novel), Joseph Fields (play) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Isolde Poole
Richard Widmark ... August 'Augie' Poole
Gig Young ... Dick Pepper
Gia Scala ... Estelle Novick
Elisabeth Fraser ... Alice Pepper
Elizabeth Wilson ... Miss MacCracken
Vikki Dougan ... Gladys Dunne, actress
Doodles Weaver ... Escort
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Day Motel Man
Robert B. Williams ... Night Motel Man (as Robert Williams)
Esquire Trio Esquire Trio ... Themselves, Party Musicians (as The Esquire Trio)
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Storyline

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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Hilarious Sophiticated Entertainment for ADULTS ONLY! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1959 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Babys auf Bestellung See more »

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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first movie Gene Kelly directed in which he did not also star. See more »

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The woman from the adoption agency describes the baby as having blonde curly hair. When we see him in the bassinet, he clearly has no hair. See more »

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Isolde Poole: I bought a dress at Bonwits. A lovely watermelon shantung.
August 'Augie' Poole: Fine. Now you've got something fit to wear into Saks.
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Music by Wolf Droysen (pseudonym of Wolfram Röhrig)
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Widmark Makes the Film
29 September 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tunnel of Love, The (1958)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

"Comedy" about a happy couple (Richard Widmark, Doris Day) who are struggling to have a kid on their own but their attempts at adoption isn't going any better. Things take a turn for the worse when the husband thinks he might have had an affair and got that woman pregnant. This is a very strange film that never seems to know what it wants to do. I've heard that Day and her husband/manager would often try to force their way on pictures but I have no idea if that's what happened here. She pretty much plays a supporting role here but her character is so strange, as is the story and some of the casting, that you can understand why this thing didn't do too well at the box office. A lot of the reviews I read bash the casting of Widmark in a "comedy" when he's best at playing "dark gangsters" and that sort. I think that is far from the truth and I think it's the offbeat casting that actually keeps the film watchable. Widmark is certainly best known for his tough guy roles but I thought he was rather fun here simply because we don't get the chance to see him as a pushover and someone who actually has a lot of fears. The early scene with him coming home exhausted and fearing his wife and her need for sex (for the baby) was very funny and I thought Widmark played it well. Sure, it was a little forced seeing him playing such a weak person but I found it to be funny and charming. Day, on the other hand, appears to be going through the motions as she never really gets going in the picture. She doesn't come off very funny and her character at times, especially at the end, becomes quite annoying. Gia Scala is very good in her role of woman Widmark fears he has pregnant. Gig Young is also very delightful in the role of Widmark's friend who has all the kids and plenty of girlfriends on the side. The screenplay is all over the place but I found it's look at sexuality and moral issues pretty frank for 1958 and maybe this was another reason it didn't go over too well. The film isn't a classic and it's not even a good one but I think fans of Widmark will at least get some smile out of seeing him playing a character like this.


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