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What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)

A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.

Director:

George Seaton

Writers:

Vincent McHugh (story "I Am Thinking of My Darling"), Tedd Pierce | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
George Peppard ... Pete
Mary Tyler Moore ... Liz
Don Stroud ... Barney
Susan Saint James ... Aida
Dom DeLuise ... J. Gardner Monroe
Nathaniel Frey ... Conrad
John McMartin ... The Mayor
Charles Lane ... Dr. Shapiro
Jeanne Arnold Jeanne Arnold ... Gertrude
George Furth ... Murgatroyd
Morty Gunty ... Sgt. Gunty
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Officer Ponazecki
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... Capt. Wallace
Thelma Ritter ... Mrs. Schwartz
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A new infection that simply makes people feel happy is treated as a threat by the authorities while its "victims" work to spread it to others.

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Drop the net!! It's the wildest honeymoon two lovers ever spent! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

31 July 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Noble's feature film debut. See more »

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Pete: Hey listen.
Liz: To what, the traffic?
Pete: Kids laughing.
Liz: You know *why* they're laughing? 'Cause they're not old enough to read the newspaper. You take a look at the front page and then try laughing. The world's a stinking, hopeless mess! Oh, Pete, you're sick.
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What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
Written by Jerry Keller and Dave Blume
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Seditious anti-establishment comedy whose truths keep it out of television
27 January 2011 | by nadaseSee all my reviews

I saw this film during my impressionable teen years. Its message has haunted me since. Suppose a virus exists that alters human brain chemistry and folks become happy? What would that do to contemporary society based on fear, insecurity and petty neuroses? What would be the response of our critical, western socio-economic institutions that were established to deal with those very fears, hang-ups and neuroses? From our consumer society to our police, mental health, religious and military institutions? How would these institutions and hierarchies react and respond to the a spontaneous outburst of mass euphoria? I have looked for this comedy for decades. Only once to my memory has it been shown on television. I have always been suspicious about that, considering it is wrapped in rather cutesy, mid-60's Paramount-picture-esque, candy-coated plot much like the Rock Hudson/Tony Randall/Doris Day comedies typical of that era. Don't get me wrong, this comedy is no "Dr. Strangelove" but unlike the Doris Day pap of the day, under all the silliness, this movie hides a seditious message. I don't know who wrote or directed it, but if you told me Norman Lear, Buck Henry, or Terry Sothern (sp?) it would not surprise me. This is the kind of message-laden stuff Lear taught us to expect in the early 70's. Only three other comedies from that era stayed with me, "The President's Analyst," "Watermelon Man," and "Cold Turkey." All hid powerful messages under their surface silliness.


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