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The Right Approach (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 6 July 1962 (Finland)
The story of five fun-loving young bachelors who live together in a converted nightclub in the Hollywood Hills. Newcomer Leo Mack is a young Hollywood hopeful who stirs up trouble when he ... See full summary »


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Fay Kanin (screenplay), Michael Kanin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Frankie Vaughan ... Leo Mack
Martha Hyer ... Anne Perry
Juliet Prowse ... Ursula Poe
Gary Crosby ... Rip Hulett
David McLean ... Bill Sikulovic
Jesse White ... Brian Freer
Jane Withers ... Liz Fargo-Life Magazine Photographer
Rachel Stephens Rachel Stephens ... Helen
Steve Harris Steve Harris ... Mitch Mack
Paul von Schreiber Paul von Schreiber ... Granny
Robert Casper ... Horace Wetheridge Tobey III
The Kirby Stone Four ... Nightclub Band


The story of five fun-loving young bachelors who live together in a converted nightclub in the Hollywood Hills. Newcomer Leo Mack is a young Hollywood hopeful who stirs up trouble when he arrives, using his brother and their roommates and anyone else he can as stepping stones in his climb for fame and fortune as a singing and acting star. Written by alfiehitchie

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"I'll slap a paternity suit on you so fast you'll spin up and down like a yo-yo!" (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

6 July 1962 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

El canalla See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In-joke: During drive-in restaurant scene, the character played by Frankie Vaughan reads a Hollywood trade paper with ad on back cover for Marilyn Monroe picture Let's Make Love (1960)--Vaughan's previous movie for same studio. See more »


You Make Me Feel So Young
Music by Josef Myrow
Played by the band at the party
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"Of all those in that 'Glass Menagerie', he's the glassiest!"
9 November 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Peculiar, occasionally charming, often irritating comedic drama has five fun-loving bachelors--who live together in a converted nightclub in the Hollywood Hills--having money and girl troubles; newcomer Leo Mack (played by British recording singer Frankie Vaughan) stirs up more trouble when he arrives, but his smug self-confidence and dirty ambition may put him ahead of his roommates. The initial focus of the plot seems to be on drive-in waitress Juliet Prowse, whose low tones, stony stare and unplaceable accent makes her seem like a pod person. However, Prowse is put aside once Vaughan appears, and indeed she's lost in the shuffle until near the end (when her character's latest predicament isn't even solved!). Based on Garson Kanin's play, this sitcom-serious plot is full of joshing and wisecracks, but the main theme of a slimy worm infiltrating a group of nice guys and using everyone like a step-ladder is more interesting than the filmmakers give it credit for. Vaughan is appropriately loathsome, but this was surely not the right vehicle for a singer-turned-acting hopeful; he's all too convincing steals jobs and girls from the other knudnicks, and his gregarious falseness is grotesque. The other fellas (including Bing Crosby's son Gary) are a loyal, fun bunch, but the Hollywood scenario isn't utilized to its fullest advantage, and Martha Hyer is deadly as a writer for a show-biz rag (she's the type of proper, boring girl with the stiff hairdo who stands by her principles). A curious project, and with an interesting central set, but the hurried ending makes little sense. ** from ****

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