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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 share... [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

This film features the early (US) introduction of colour (even featuring a very early model Zenith color TV). The roll-out for colour really didn't take off until the mid-60's, when most programming was promoted as being shown in colour See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom sequence, Beverly tells her son he is not due for a bath until tomorrow, but that night says she had to bathe her daughter because the two kids had been in a mud fight. See more »

Quotes

High Society Man in Tuxedo: [In a live broadcast scene from Happy Playhouse] And in honor of this occasion, I'd like to propose a toast. To you, Lorraine, thank heavens I didn't marry you. Tell me, do you still have those magnificent soft white shoulders... whom do you tantalize with them now?
[Lorraine throws her drink on him]
High Society Man in Tuxedo: You tramp! Waiter! You tramp!
Beverly Boyer: [watching the scene with advertising executives] Hey, wasn't that scene like the one last week with the Nazi and that woman?
Billings: [dismissively] Similar, but the public doesn't...
[...]
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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

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (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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Sophisticated memories from childhood.
10 February 2004 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

"The Thrill Of It All" was one of my best childhood memories. In the days prior to wall-to-wall cable stations, there were certain films that enjoyed a regular place on the weekend matinée lineup on local TV stations. This was one of them. And the funny thing is when I originally saw it, I never thought of it as dated or sexist (this is a memory from about 28 years ago). Even though I grew up in a household where both my parents worked (and my dad never gave it a second thought since there were six of us), I merely accepted the script as a reflection of the 1963 sensibility and not my own. You really can't watch a movie that's older than you are (I'm guessing lots of you are under 40) and expect it to reflect modern-day sensibilities. That said, the film is expertly written taking several stabs and jabs at the TV advertising (as well as the network) industry. Doris Day was the quintessential modern wife/mother on-screen at the time, and James Garner was a perfect spousal foil for her. And what a touch of class by Arlene "What's My Line" Francis as an elegant expectant (albeit older) mother and nervous expectant father Edward Andrews.


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