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Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)

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The author of a best-selling fishing guide is actually incredibly inexperienced when it comes to the sport, which causes mayhem when he is entered into a competition.

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Pat Frank (story "The Girl Who Almost Got Away"), John Fenton Murray | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Roger Willoughby
Paula Prentiss ... Abigail Page
Maria Perschy ... Isolde 'Easy' Mueller
John McGiver ... William Cadwalader
Charlene Holt ... Tex Connors
Roscoe Karns ... Major Phipps
James Westerfield ... Policeman
Norman Alden ... John Screaming Eagle
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Skaggs
Regis Toomey ... Bagley
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Customer Bush
Kathie Browne ... Marcia
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Storyline

Roger Willoughby is considered to be a leading expert on sports fishing. He's written books on the subject and is loved by his customers in the sporting goods department at Abercrombie and Fitch, where he works. There's only one problem however: he's never been fishing in his life. When the store owner enters him in a fishing contest, mayhem ensues. Written by garykmcd

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What is Man's Favorite Sport?...Just ask any Girl! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Goldfisch an der Leine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Peter McGiver's character says his wife makes him wear a hair piece. He isn't wearing a wedding ring. See more »

Quotes

Roger Willoughby: Did you take a special course in blackmail, or is it just a natural talent?
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Referenced in Documentário (1966) See more »

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Man's Favorite Sport
Music by Henry Mancini
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One basic flaw undermined this otherwise amusing film
13 August 2003 | by halmp-1See all my reviews

There was quite a lot to recommend "Man's Favorite Sport?" In almost every category this was a solid, mildly humerous production. But, as Rock Hudson later suggested, one negative element undermined the effort...and the film's popularity. Most viewers undoubtedly grew weary, uncomfortable, and even irritated, with seeing someone with Hudson's imposing size and appearance constantly being put into deprecating situations by Paula Prentiss' constantly-on-the-edge character, Abigail Page. In Hudson's other two major romantic comedies, "Pillowtalk" and "Lover Come Back"---with Doris Day---viewers were happy to see Hudson's conniving playboy characters ultimately get their comeupance. But his Roger Willoughby character here did nothing to deserve his fate. Many members of the audience no doubt were saying to themselves, "Enough already. Let the poor guy alone." Willoughby, a fishing-oriented salesman/author at Abercrombie and Fitch, had never actually fished. Really a big crime. Page, hoping to cash-in on his name-recognition at a fishing tournament hosted by her friend's lodge, blackmails Hudson's character into competing in the tournament...threatening to expose his secret if he doesn't comply. Once at the lodge, Hudson is placed into one humiliating vignette after another...always under the thumb of Prentiss. Even in the matter of a kiss, which her character obviously enjoyed, Page nonetheless further undermines Willoughby's self-image by telling him that the kiss "...just wasn't any good." In "Pillowtalk" and "Lover Come Back," the audience was happy to see Hudson's characters justly reprimanded by Day in the end. At the climax of "Man's Favorite Sport?", we instead are happy to see big, strong Willoughby finally assert himself against the aggravatingly prickly Page. Prentiss, with her wholesome brunette beauty, athletic appearance and lively personality, expertly assimilates into her character. Cool, Germanic Maria Perschy, as her lodge-owner friend, and stunning, statuesque Charlene Holt, as Willoughby's ultimately former girlfriend, likewise give solid performances. As for Hudson, he deserves much credit for agreeing to play an accident-prone character such as Willoughby. The question is why did he do so. The answer is that Hudson obviously was a team player in his films. That is why he was popular among the performers with whom he worked. Character actors Roscoe Karns, John McGiver, Forrest Lewis, Regis Toomey and Norman Alden each adds professional support to "Man's Favorite Sport?" The Northern California fishing lodge locale likewise is a plus. Again, there is much to endorse the film. But the enterprise is undermined by what occurs to Hudson and his character virtually throughout.


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