That Touch of Mink
Release year: 1962
Director: Delbert Mann
Writers: Stanley Shapiro, Nate Monaster
Starring: Doris Day, Cary Grant, Gig Young, Audrey Meadows, Alan Hewitt, John Astin, Jack Livesey
Ratings: 3 Oscar nominations: Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Sound. 1 Golden Globe: Best Comedy.
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #43, week 14 2015
When rich business man Philip Shayne (Cary Grant) accidently splashes young Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) with water when his car passes her, he sents loyal but bitter employé Roger (Gig Young) to compensate. Roger convinces the angry Cathy to take her anger out on Mr. Shayne as he is fed up with him getting away with everything due to his charm, but when Cathy faces Shayne her anger is quickly replaced by awe. Equally intrigued Shayne invites Cathy to go away on holiday with him and she hesitantly agrees. Only problem is that while he is looking for an affair she is looking for a husband and they are equally stubborn.
Directed by Delbert Mann who also directed Day in Lover Come Back (1961) this is your typical romantic comedy starring America’s Sweetheart Doris Day as an innocent and irresistable young woman. Day (Pillow Talk, 1959) is the old fashioned country girl with integrity and a mind to speak up, far from the easy and breezy girls one can assume rich playboy Shayne is used to. Day play Cathy with as much charm and her signature bubbly personality brings life to a story that in lesser hands could have been forgetable. Grant (North by Northwest, 1959) plays the handsome bachelor as calm, almost cold, holding the cards close and not revealing much of what goes on inside. If it wasn’t for Roger, who clearly understand his boss’s feelings better than the boss himself does, we would probably think he didn’t care much about anything or anyone. The two leads clash again and again and are each time drawn back towards each other because of a mixture of attraction and pure stubbornness and the result is sweet smiles, drunken falls of the balcony, and nervous rashes. On the sideline, witnessing the chaotic relationship, is aforementioned Roger and Cathy’s best friend and roommate Connie. Young (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, 1969) is absolutely brilliant as poor Roger afflicted by other’s misunderstandings which provides some of the best laughs of the movie, and Meadows (Take Her, She’s Mine, 1963) is equally good as the more experienced and loudmouthed roommate. Together the two of them become the voice of reason to their messed up friends who are both to darn hardheaded to admit their feelings and consequently the catalysators that sets things into motion resulting in a grand chase including poultry and a pouting Grant. Charming, witty, and cute as a button. Much like leading lady Doris Day.
Audrey Meadows got the part because Cary Grant was a big fan of her in The Honeymooners (1955) and insisted on her being casted.
Though Doris Day plays someone in her twenties she was in fact 39 when the movie was filmed.
Cary Grant wasn’t pleased with the finished film.
Picture copyright: UIP