American couple Janet and Mike move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she herself has been unfaithful.
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
Jennifer Nelson and Bruce Templeton meet when Bruce reels in her mermaid suit leaving Jennifer bottomless in the waters off Catalina Island. She later discovers that Bruce is the big boss at her work (a research lab). Bruce hires Jennifer to be his biographer - only to try and win her affections. However, there's a problem. Bruce's friend General Wallace Bleeker believes that Jennifer is a Russian spy, and he has her placed under surveillance. Then, when Jennifer catches on...Watch Out!Written by
Many people mistakenly think the boat used in the film sank two miles off the coast of Zuma Beach in Los Angeles on 11 June 2006. The boat the sank--The Phoenix (and NOT The Nautilus, from this film)--was traveling from Newport Beach to San Francisco Bay, where it was going to be used as a Cajun restaurant. The cause of its sinking was due to a 2'x6' crack in the glass hull. All crew were rescued. What made the sinking unusual is the glass bottom which was installed at the bottom of a "well" in the center of the ship. The top of this well is set above the usual waterline so that if the glass broke, as here, the ship would not sink. See more »
In the beginning of the film, a hook can be seen holding Jennifer in position underwater. See more »
This picture wasn't thought to be much when it was released. Most people thought it was a silly sitcom style comedy not up to Day's earlier romantic comedies. Arthur Godfrey gave it some air play on his daytime radio show, with Day and Taylor as guests, but there wasn't much else as I remember. By this point in his career Godfrey had lost his star lustre of just ten years before and his network radio show on CBS was just about all that was left, so his appearance in a major Hollywood movie was a big deal for him.
The picture did get a Music Hall premiere run in New York, but as I say, most people just yawned.
Seen forty years later it has a lot going for it, especially compared to today's cinema "comedies": good writing, expert direction, good pacing and editing, colorful location shots of Catalina and vicinity, good playing by the leads, who look to be having fun, and really good support from that amazing cast of 60s character actors.
There is a surprising amount of frank sexuality in this picture for the time, without nudity or profanity (Doris' character is a widow so she plays her as sexually mature and sophisticated), Godfrey's character has a wife/girlfriend about whom he's absolutely crazy and shows it, often (!), and there's even a surprising gay subplot that's played for laughs of course, but not offensively so. There's even Paul Lynde in drag...priceless!
Forty years later, it still makes me laugh. You will too.
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