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Lover Come Back
Release year: 1961
Director: Delbert Mann
Screenwriter: Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning
Starring: Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack oakie, Jack kruschen, Ann B. Davis
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Original Screenplay. 1 Golden Globe nomination: Best Supporting Actor (Tony Randall).
Jerry Webster (Hudson) and Carol Templeton (Day) are sworn enemies in the competitive advertising business. When misunderstanding means Webster’s company is advertising a product that doesn’t exist, he fakes his identity to romance Templeton and keep her from discovering the truth.
The dream team of Day, Hudson and Randall made three movies together, first Pillow Talk (1959), then this, and thirdly Send Me No Flowers (1964). When you experience the chemistry between the three, it is no wonder, why they were cast together several times as Randall and Hudson shares as great chemistry as best friends as Hudson does with the charming Day. While Lover Come Back is undeniable charming, with those three hoe can it be anything else, it is the weakest of the trio’s movies together, especially story wise. Hudson’s character is unsympathetic to a degree where you find it difficult to see how there can ever be the expected happy ending, and it is only due to the great charm of Hudson that the movie manage to bring just that. The ending is abrupt and sudden with a few unfinished questions and leaves you a bit unsatisfied. While Hudson and Day deliver the romance, Randall makes sure to bring the laughs as the perplexed company president, in this nostalgic movie bound to put a smile on your face. Innocent in the way movies were back then (though this must have been quite risque for its time) and an always welcome return to the charming trio of Day, Hudson and Randall, this is perfect for those rainy afternoons where you need a bit of sunshine in your life.
The final feature film of Jack Oakie.
The colors of the smoke in the explosions in Dr. Tyler’s chemical laboratory are the same as the wrappers later in the movie.
Although not a musical, the film contains two songs sung by Day: ‘Lover Come Back’ during the opening credits, and ‘Should I Surrender’.
Picture copyrights: Universal