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Once Is Not Enough (1975)

A young woman goes home to New York after a long stay in Europe. Her former schoolmate introduces her to the decadence of New York and she ultimately falls in love with an older man who's a stand-in for her father, before tragedy strikes.

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Guy Green
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Mike Wayne
Alexis Smith ... Deidre Milford Granger
David Janssen ... Tom Colt
George Hamilton ... David Milford
Melina Mercouri ... Karla
Gary Conway ... Hugh
Brenda Vaccaro ... Linda
Deborah Raffin ... January
Lillian Randolph ... Mabel
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Maria
Mark Roberts ... Rheingold
John Roper ... Franco
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Dr. Peterson
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Scotty
Ann Marie Moelders Ann Marie Moelders ... Girl at El Morocco
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Storyline

January Wayne, the sheltered, much-loved daughter of a formerly successful Hollywood producer, goes home to New York after a lengthy stint in a Swiss hospital. Mike Wayne has fallen on hard times and decides to marry for money. January is an innocent young woman who searches for her place in the world. Pursued by her rich new stepmother's playboy of a cousin, she instead falls hard for a much older man, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who's a surrogate for her father, before tragedy strikes.

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Taglines:

The Husband for sale - bought for $3 million. The Daughter - a virgin eager to make up for lost time. The Novelist who couldn't live the fantasies he wrote about. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,700,729

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,700,729
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This 1975 film is the third and final [to date, April 2014] of only three filmed cinema movie adaptations of novels written by authoress Jacqueline Susann. The first was 1967's Valley of the Dolls (1967) and the second was 1971's The Love Machine (1971). See more »

Quotes

Karla: Incidentally, Dee, the leading men in my pictures would say to me, "You are so beautiful when you are angry!"
[approaches Dee to embrace her from behind]
Karla: I'm sorry I can't say the same for you.
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Connections

Referenced in The Rockford Files: The No-Cut Contract (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Is Not Enough
Lyrics by Larry Kusik
Music by Henry Mancini
Sung by The Mancini Singers
courtesy of RCA Records
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Putting the Jet Set Down
1 April 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

While nubile daughter Deborah Raffin (as January) recuperates from a motorcycle accident, "Academy Award"-winning movie producer Kirk Douglas (as Mike Wayne) marries super-wealthy Alexis Smith (as Deidre Milford Granger). This is because Mr. Douglas has fallen on hard times and wants to continue living a champagne caviar lifestyle, and Ms. Smith wants a backgammon partner. Smith is having an affair with reclusive movie queen Melina Mercouri (as Karla). Recovering beautifully, Ms. Raffin loses her virginity to stud cousin George Hamilton (as David Milford), who is also seeing Ms. Mercouri...

Raffin eventually falls in love with alcoholic writer David Janssen (as Tom Colt), after he fails to copulate with her best friend, promiscuous "Gloss" magazine editor Brenda Vaccaro (as Linda Riggs). Mr. Janssen thinks Douglas' film version of his "Pulitzer Prize"-winning novel was awful. Douglas disapproves, naturally, of his daughter's affair with Janssen...

The main theme of "Once Is Not Enough" appears to be the borderline incestuous love between Raffin and Douglas. Also, most of the couples have at least one bisexual partner; although there is no overt indication Janssen has any sexual interest in handsome astronaut Gary Conway (as Hugh Robertson), it's difficult to ascertain another reason for his inclusion in the storyline. Apparently, much was cut from Jacqueline Susann's best-selling novel. She and Irving Mansfield began by assembling good production values, but lost control as the story was turned into something hesitating and vacuous.

Some trashy fun remains.

***** Once Is Not Enough (6/18/75) Guy Green ~ Deborah Raffin, Kirk Douglas, David Janssen, Brenda Vaccaro


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