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Who Was That Lady? (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 April 1960 (Finland)
Ill-advised by a pal, a chemistry professor falsely claims he is an undercover FBI agent in order to cover-up his marital infidelity but his lie, although swallowed by his wife, gets him in trouble with the real FBI, the CIA and the KGB.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Norman Krasna (play), Norman Krasna
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... David Wilson
Dean Martin ... Michael Haney
Janet Leigh ... Ann Wilson
James Whitmore ... Harry Powell
John McIntire ... Bob Doyle
Barbara Nichols ... Gloria Coogle
Larry Keating ... Parker
Larry Storch ... Orenov
Simon Oakland ... Belka
Joi Lansing ... Florence Coogle
Barbara Hines Barbara Hines ... Foreign Exchange Student
Marion Javits Marion Javits ... Miss Mellish
Mike Lane ... Glinka (as Michael Lane)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Curran Pamela Curran
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Storyline

In order to get back into the good graces with his wife with whom he has had a misunderstanding, a young chemistry professor concocts a wild story that he is an undercover FBI agent. To help him with his story he enlists the aid of a friend who is a TV writer. The wife swallows the story and later real FBI agents and enemy spies become involved in the scheme. Written by alfiehitchie

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A perfectly natural question for a wife to ask...but the FBI is making a federal case out of it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1960 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Chi era quella signora? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ansark-Sidney See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Certain elements of the plot resemble True Lies, in which Jamie Lee Curtis becomes involved with government agents without knowing her husband is really a spy. In this movie, Janet Leigh becomes involved with government agents while thinking her husband (Tony Curtis) works for the FBI, even though he doesn't. And by a strange coincidence, Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. See more »

Goofs

While in the elevator, Orenov says that there are three basements in the Empire State Building. In actual fact, there is only one. An operative such as Orenov would be acutely aware of the set-up of a building they are using to conduct an operation. See more »

Quotes

Michael Haney: [pointing to a pair of voluptuous dames] Get a load of how those girls are assembled...
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Crazy Credits

Tony Curtis physically rips the title off the screen. See more »

Connections

Features The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Was That Lady?
by Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Sung by Dean Martin
Capitol Records
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Ridiculous and not funny
17 February 2011 | by mishaa7See all my reviews

Right to be surprised when you find out that this screwball comedy with extravagant plot ridiculous and childish humor in 1960 was twofold nominated for film award "Golden Globe", namely in the categories of Best Actor and Best Film. If the first tape of George Sidney (Kiss Me Kate) is quite tolerant of his romantic escapades, foolish pretense heroes Dean Martin and Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh heroine's reaction to all this, the next story tape makes a roll in the direction of incongruity is happening that is not only not to laugh want to even see it's not worth it.

It all starts with the fact that Columbia University chemistry professor David Wilson catches kissing a young student in the eyes of his wife, Ann. Wife confronts him and immediately wanted to divorce. His friend Mike comes up with his legend: "FBI agent and he kissed the girl, in order to fulfill its top-secret mission!" For the more convincing it also provides him a fake identity and a pistol. All work is done! Few fool about before her and took off with the blame, our heroes can go on a spree with other women. But here's the rub - Blessed David all took so seriously that starts everywhere to poke their nose in their "cause." She asked with great curiosity, how is service and what it's like to be always on the "knife edge".

The culmination of the first half of the film (which still was a little funny compared to those that started later) will be involved in their game is not clear from emerging Soviet agents and quite shameless and totally ridiculous encompassing theme of the Cold War.

Of course, the movie captivates enjoyable actors. Dean Martin and Tony Curtis lovely man, though not shine here with his skill, and Janet Leigh is incredibly charming, although it is in principle a very beautiful woman, it would be foolish to write this series dignity movie.


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