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I'll Take Sweden (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 18 June 1965 (USA)
Single father Bob Holcomb, dissatisfied with his daughter JoJo's choice of partner, seizes an unexpected opportunity to bring her on a trip to Sweden in order for her to forget all thoughts... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Bob Holcomb
Tuesday Weld ... JoJo Holcomb
Frankie Avalon ... Kenny Klinger
Dina Merrill ... Karin Granstedt
Jeremy Slate ... Erik Carlson
Rosemarie Frankland ... Marti
Walter Sande ... Bjork
John Qualen ... Olaf
Peter Bourne Peter Bourne ... Ingemar
Fay DeWitt ... Hilda (as Fay deWitt)
Alice Frost ... Greta
Roy Roberts ... Ship's Captain
Maudie Prickett ... Spinster
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Electra (as Beverly Hills)
Siv Marta Aberg Siv Marta Aberg ... Inger


Single father Bob Holcomb, dissatisfied with his daughter JoJo's choice of partner, seizes an unexpected opportunity to bring her on a trip to Sweden in order for her to forget all thoughts on marriage. Confronted with liberal Swedish morals, he finds out that marriage might not be too bad an idea after all. Written by Anders Andersson <andersa@DoCS.UU.SE>

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English | Swedish

Release Date:

18 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor al estilo sueco See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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As a publicity stunt, the studio offered a role to one of then-US President Lyndon Baines Johnson's daughters. She declined. See more »


When Kenny and Bob arrive at the trailer, there is dirt on his shirt on the shoulders. Rear camera shots of Kenny in the trailer clearly show this. But frontal shots have the dirt disappears. See more »


Bob Holcomb: You speak excellent English for a Swede.
Karin Granstedt: Thank you! And you speak excellent English for an American.
Bob Holcomb: [slight pause] Touché.
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Referenced in Primetime Glick: Eugene Levy/Conan O'Brien (2001) See more »


I'll Take Sweden
Composed by Ken Lauber and Diane Lampert
Performed by Frankie Avalon
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Yawn. 90 minutes of 1960s comedy sex talk and situations just like so many others.
31 July 2003 | by LarryBrownHoustonSee all my reviews

This film is in the style of Doris Day films that feature compromising sexual situations and innuendo while on the surface everything remains innocent fun. That may have been titillating in 1965 when you couldn't say the word "pregnant" on TV and Rob and Laura Petrie had separate beds, but now it's just boring and adolescent. I get tired of this innuendo quickly, but it's always fun explaining each joke to my wife, because the entire thing goes way over her head.

This film features blatant sexual material centering around the question of Bob Hope's daughter: will she or won't she?

The film presents Sweden as a sexually free place, while America stands for a higher morality. On the surface the movie preaches this higher morality while actually presenting and capitalizing on the intriguing images and ideas of a free-lovin' society.

One problem with this type of film is that the writers think that the innuendo will carry the film. They think that just the fact that they are covertly, or in this case, overtly, talking about sex will keep us nervously giggling and entertained, gasping in shock or winking at each other. It's like a comedian whose act relies on dirty language. Ok, they may get nervous laughs, but after some time it gets boring or even distasteful. In this film, because the writers are overconfident, they don't bother with good characters, a good plot, clever dialog, motivations, or any thing else that makes for good drama or comedy, they just let the subject of sex carry it. That just doesn't cut it, especially not in modern times when any shock value it might have had is completely gone.

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