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Top Secret Affair (1957)

Approved | | Comedy | 30 January 1957 (USA)
Unhappy about the appointment of an army general to the chairmanship of an atomic energy committee, a publishing empire female tycoon invites the general at her country estate in an effort to entrap him and ruin his reputation.

Director:

H.C. Potter

Writers:

John P. Marquand (novel), Roland Kibbee | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Hayward ... Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
Kirk Douglas ... Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin
Paul Stewart ... Phil Bentley
Jim Backus ... Col. Homer W. Gooch
John Cromwell ... General Daniel A. Grimshaw
Roland Winters ... Sen. Burdick
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Holmes, Dottie's Butler
Michael Fox ... Reporter Laszlo 'Lotzie' Kovach
Frank Gerstle ... Sgt. Kruger
Charles Lane ... Bill Hadley
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Storyline

The head of a large publishing empire is dismayed when a top army general is about to be appointed to an atomic energy committee. She's determined to discredit him prior to the appointment and invites him to spend the weekend at her country home where she's arranged many traps. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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When she got mad she sizzled...and she was mad! Mad at the general, all of Washington, and herself! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melville Goodwin, USA See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Maria, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carrollton Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Under the title "Melville Goodwin, USA", the film was to star Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall - both of whom had already filmed costume and makeup tests - but Bogart's terminal illness forced his withdrawal from the project. He was replaced by Kirk Douglas. Bacall withdrew shortly afterward, opting instead to remain at home with her dying husband, and was replaced by Susan Hayward. See more »

Goofs

Douglas gives Susan a pistol and said it was a Luger. It was actually a Walther P-38. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shadows (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Caissons Go Rolling Along
Music by John Philip Sousa from material by Edmund L. Gruber
Sung by Kirk Douglas
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stinks big time
18 October 2017 | by rupieSee all my reviews

Imagine if an undertaker, or a Methodist parson, or the head of the local chapter of the DAR decided, on a whim, to sit down and write a comedy script. This movie would be something like what they would come up with. I cannot understand a 6.3 rating for a movie whose supposed humor is so forced, so wooden, so brittle. Comedies must have some credibility in their comic premises but everything here is so preposterous that one simply can't buy it. The head-spinning gyrations in the relationship between Douglas and Haywood's characters simply destroys the movie's comic premises. And since neither Douglas nor Haywood excelled at comedy, one wonders just who decided to cast them here. Both actors were sufficiently in demand that they could be choosy with their material, so one wonders what prompted to sign on to this dreck. Jim Backus excelled at comedy but even he can't do anything with what he is given here. I suffered through to the end just to see how it would turn out; because I suffered, you don't have to.


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