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The Thrill of It All (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1963 (USA)
A housewife's sudden rise to fame as a soap spokesperson leads to chaos in her home life.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Carl Reiner (screenplay), Larry Gelbart (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Beverly Boyer
James Garner ... Dr. Gerald Boyer
Arlene Francis ... Mrs. Fraleigh
Edward Andrews ... Gardiner Fraleigh
Reginald Owen ... Old Tom Fraleigh
Zasu Pitts ... Olivia
Elliott Reid ... Mike Palmer
Alice Pearce ... Irving's Wife
Kym Karath ... Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash Brian Nash ... Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau Lucy Landau ... Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman ... Dr. Taylor
Hayden Rorke ... Billings
Alex Gerry ... Stokely
Robert Gallagher Robert Gallagher ... Van Camp
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Storyline

The Happy Soap Company is owned and managed by the Fraleigh family. Although he is more of a company figurehead than an active participant in the company's day-to-day business, anything that family patriarch Tom Fraleigh wants for the company he usually gets. What he wants is Beverly Boyer - the wife of his daughter-in-law's obstetrician, Dr. Gerald Boyer - to appear as the company spokesperson when Beverly, who he meets at a small dinner party, mentions a personal and true story about how Happy Soap saved her life. She is to appear in a live commercial spot during a Happy Soap sponsored television show telling her story just as she told Tom. Despite Beverly's performance going poorly in her own mind, Tom loved it and how refreshing and honest Beverly came across to the viewer. So Tom signs her to a one year, $80,000 contract to continue doing the same. This move is questioned by Happy Soap's own managers and its advertising company. But it is questioned even more by Gerald, who ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

DORIS DAY......and JAMES GARNER......invite you to watch them enjoy... [The Thrill of it All] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

17 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Was diese Frau so alles treibt See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the workers who show up to carry away the suds from the pool (Karl Lukas and Maurice Gosfield) were members of Sgt. Bilko's platoon on The Phil Silvers Show (1955). See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Fraleigh (Arlene Francis) was just three months away from her 56th birthday. In actuality, she clearly past child bearing age in real life. Gardiner Fraleigh (Edward Andrews) was also just three months away from his 49th birthday. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Goethe: [pics up the phone, speaks with a strong accent] Hallo?
Dr. Gerald Boyer: Hello, this is Dr. Boyer.
Mrs. Goethe: Doctor nicht home. He hospital.
Dr. Gerald Boyer: No, I am Dr. Boyer. I would like to speak to Mrs. Boyer.
Mrs. Goethe: Mrs. Boyer Picture parlour. Ich sage Nein. Doctor not home.
[hangs up]
Dr. Gerald Boyer: I guess, I'm not home.
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Crazy Credits

The credit for David Webb's Jewels is followed with Cameos by Carl Reiner (a cameo being a form of jewelry, but in this case substituting as Reiner's credit for his series of appearances within the film) See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture of the light cavalry
(uncredited)
written by Franz von Suppé
(briefly played at the end when Dr. Boyer is riding on the horse through the traffic)
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Well ahead of its time
10 June 2003 | by juliafwilliamsSee all my reviews

Before the women's movement and the advances in reproductive assistance, there was The Thrill of it All, a feel-good movie for its day (and its Day, namely Doris Day). Miss Day as a typical doctor's wife, and Miss Arlene Francis as a 40-plus woman giving birth for the first time, may have portended of changes to come in society.

If the movie were remade today, it would not be surprising that Dr. Gerald Boyer would be aware of in vitro fertilization and other reproductive technology. He would even get used to his wife being a working wife.

Anyway, it is good to see a film that was released in the early part of 1963, unaware of the tragedy the world would face before the year ended.


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