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Promises..... Promises! (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | August 1963 (USA)
After a drunken spree on a cruise ship, two women discover that they're pregnant, and set out to find who the fathers are.

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King Donovan

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William Welch (screenplay), Tommy Noonan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jayne Mansfield ... Sandy Brooks
Marie McDonald ... Claire Banner
Tommy Noonan ... Jeff Brooks
Mickey Hargitay ... King Banner
Fritz Feld ... Ship's Doctor
Eileen Barton ... Girl in Doctor's office
Claude Stroud ... Steward
Eddie Quillan ... Bartender
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Snavely
Victor Lundin ... Mrs. Snavely's Gigolo (as Vic Lundin)
T.C. Jones T.C. Jones ... Babbette, ship's hairdresser / Female impersonator
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After a drunken spree on a cruise ship, two women discover that they're pregnant, and set out to find who the fathers are.

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You Read About Her In Playboy Magazine...Now See All Of Jayne Mansfield!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Promises! Promises! See more »

Filming Locations:

S.S. Independence

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Despite being banned in some cities, the film was a hit, and helped to put Jayne Mansfield on the Top 20 List of Box Office Attractions for 1963. See more »

Quotes

Ship's Doctor: Now then, just dissolve this in an alcoholic drink and take it down.
Jeff Brooks: You mean to say that this pill is going to help me become a father?
Ship's Doctor: I have every reason to believe it will.
Jeff Brooks: Wow! What's in it?
Ship's Doctor: Well, let us just say it will accomplish a purpose. Immediately afterwards, however, a temporary state of amnesia may occur.
Jeff Brooks: Oh, amnesia?
Ship's Doctor: There's nothing to worry about.
Jeff Brooks: Oh, thank you, Doctor.
Ship's Doctor: You're very welcome. 'Bye.
Ship's Doctor: [recording his notes] Patient Jeffrey Brooks, professional writer, travelling on ...
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Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

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Lu-Lu-Lu I'm in Love
Music & Lyrics by Hal Borne
Performed by Jayne Mansfield (uncredited)
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For Big Boobs Only
10 September 2008 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

The 1963 Jayne Mansfield "comedy" "Promises! Promises!" is best known these days for one thing (well, better make that TWO things!)--it is the film in which Jayne displayed her unfettered rib balloons; the first time a major actress ever did so in a mainstream Hollywood picture. Unfortunately, the film offers pretty much nothing else, and potential viewers would be well advised--no, warned--to bail out after Jayne's initial nude appearance, which happily occurs only three minutes in. During the following 72 minutes, Jayne and her bespectacled hubby, played by the film's co-producer and co-writer, Tommy Noonan, go on a long ocean cruise with their friends, Mickey Hargitay and Marie "The Body" McDonald. Through a set of ridiculous plot contrivances that include placebo drugs, seasickness and lots of liquor, Tommy can't quite figure out how Jayne has suddenly become preggers and just who did the knocking up. Dated, dreary, deadly and dumb (how's that for double D's?), the picture is a real labor to sit through; it is absolutely, consistently and painfully unfunny, and every lame gag falls (you should pardon the expression) absolutely flat. Character actor King Donovan's direction is uninspired, TV legend Imogene Coca goes completely wasted in a teensy role, and female impersonator T.C. Jones is an embarrassment. Strangely, Jayne unclothed does not look nearly as spectacular as Jayne strutting about in formfitting sweaters and gowns in such truly marvelous comedies as "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957). I had originally decided to give this film two stars--one for each...well, you know--but cannot give it even that "high" a rating in good conscience. There is no form of entertainment more lethal, for me, than a completely unfunny comedy, and only a big dumb boob would find this one amusing.


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