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Don't Just Stand There (1968)

A young writer is sent to Europe on an assigment to finish the final chapters of a sex novel by a famous authoress who has decided to stop writing.

Director:

Ron Winston

Writers:

Charles Williams (screenplay), Charles Williams (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Lawrence Colby
Mary Tyler Moore ... Martine Randall
Glynis Johns ... Sabine Manning
Harvey Korman ... Merriman Dudley
Barbara Rhoades ... Kendall Flanagan
Vincent Beck ... Painter
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Jean-Jacques (as Joe Perry)
Stuart Margolin ... Remy
Émile Genest ... Henri
David Mauro David Mauro ... Jules
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Renée
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Police Inspector (as Joe Bernard)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Angarola ... Pascal Decaux
Bern Hoffman Bern Hoffman
Gladys Holland Gladys Holland
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A young writer is sent to Europe on an assigment to finish the final chapters of a sex novel by a famous authoress who has decided to stop writing.

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There's a 6ft. redhead karate expert who's writing a sexbook and she... well... don't just stand there...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Just Stand There See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Don't Just Stand There
Lyrics by Ray Charles
Music by Nick Perito
Sung by The Ray Charles Singers
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Madcap comedy set in Paris and filmed in Hollywood...the gregarious players help
23 March 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Screenwriter Charles Williams adapted his own book "The Wrong Venus" about an authoress of tawdry sex novels leaving her latest bestseller unfinished--seems she was a 40-year old virgin who finally got wind of what she was writing about! Another woman, an amazon who practices Judo, was brought in to finish the book but found herself witness to a murder and was kidnapped; now, her successor (an American man who smuggles watches into Europe!), attempts to rescue her with help from a savvy actress. To say this wacky caper is overly-involved is putting it mildly. Ron Winston directs the picture at a breathless pace, but Williams doesn't writes enough jokes... he's too busy creating more characters. Only in the movie's saner, quieter moments do the principals emerge as people, but we are seldom privy to their plans (all the scheming seems to happen off-screen). The cruelest blow delivered to Winston and his actors was Universal's apparent decision to film the comedy on their lot in Hollywood, with stock shots of France interspersed. One quickly grows tired of the need to hustle its cast indoors in order to betray the surroundings. Robert Wagner is surprisingly upbeat and frisky throughout (not his usual dour self) and he's matched well with Mary Tyler Moore (in a short brunette wig) and leggy Barbara Rhoades. Some funny scenes and exchanges, though it's often labored and galumphing. ** from ****


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