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Critic's Choice (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 April 1963 (USA)
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Parker Ballantine is a New York theater critic and his wife writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Parker must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage.

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Don Weis

Writers:

Ira Levin (play), Jack Sher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Parker Ballantine
Lucille Ball ... Angela Ballantine
Marilyn Maxwell ... Ivy London
Rip Torn ... Dion Kapakos
Jessie Royce Landis ... Charlotte Orr aka Charlie
John Dehner ... S.P. Champlain
Jim Backus ... Dr. William Von Hagedorn
Rickey Kelman ... John Ballantine (as Ricky Kelman)
Dorothy Green ... Mrs. Margaret Champlain
Marie Windsor ... Sally Orr
Joseph Gallison Joseph Gallison ... Philip 'Phil' Yardley (as Evan McCord)
Joan Shawlee ... Marge Orr
Richard Deacon ... Harvey Rittenhouse
Jerome Cowan ... Joe Rosenfield
Donald Losby Donald Losby ... Geoffrey Von Hagedorn
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Storyline

Parker Ballantine is the most respected and forthright of the New York theater critics. Most of his closest friends are part of the Broadway community, such as his ex-wife actress Ivy London and producer S.P. Champlain. These friendships are not affected by bad reviews from Parker. Angie Ballantine is Parker's current devoted and faithful wife, who goes with him to show openings and even waits in the newsroom for him to write his reviews. Parker and Ivy's son, John Ballantine, lives with his father and Angie, who he loves. Angie has had problems in her life seeing projects through to completion, so Parker reacts with some skepticism when Angie announces she plans to write an autobiographical play about her growing up period. This project does become one that Angie does see through to completion, at least to a first draft stage, and despite Parker's disdainful reaction to at least the process, she is eager for his opinion on this draft. He complies. He hates it and tells her as such. ... Written by Huggo

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Everybody's 'choice' for a great big wonderful time! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma femme est sans critique See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of poor audience reaction at test screenings, this film sat unreleased for a year before being sent to theaters. The delay did not help, as it received generally unfavorable reviews. See more »

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As the kitchen scene with Angela, Parker and John is ending there is a shot that has the stove top grill visible. There is a small but evident amount of smoke rising from it. Possibly a crew member's or Bob Hope's cigarette dropped in the grill between shots. See more »

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John Ballantine: So, the trouble must be psychosomatic. Nonorganic, therefore psychically motivated.
Parker Ballantine: Will you stop talking like a child?
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Ending: "The absolute End" See more »

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Hope Won't Play Ball
7 November 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Broadway theatre critic Bob Hope (as Parker Ballantine) is known for his stinging reviews of bad plays. When beautiful red-haired wife Lucille Ball (as Angela "Angie " Ballantine) decides to become a playwright, Mr. Hope decides he will be completely objective in reviewing her work. Hope doesn't like the first draft and refuses to help Ms. Ball during re-writes and run-throughs. Ball is encouraged by a producer's interest and works closely with younger director Rip Torn (as Dion Kapakos); a romance, or the potential for one, develops. Meanwhile, Hope is perused by still-interested first wife Marilyn Maxwell (as Ivy London)...

With all the re-writes, it's odd nobody re-wrote "Critic's Choice"...

Hope's character is unlikable, and he's not a competent reviewer; he walks out of the opening play, which the audience enjoys, and declares it bad. Hope writes a review of Ball's play even though he was too drunk to see anything. Hope should have helped Ball and excused himself from reviewing her play. The relationship between Ball and Mr. Torn is confusing. Little Ricky Kelman (as John) should have been Ball's son; in the original play, the character "Angela" was too old to have a 12-year-old son. By the way, young Kelman and older Jessie Royce Landis (as Charlotte "Charlie" Orr) do well in supporting the legendary co-stars.

**** Critic's Choice (4/3/63) Don Weis ~ Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Ricky Kelman, Rip Torn


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