The Thrill of It All
Release year: 1963
Director: Norman Jewison
Screenwriter: Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart
Starring: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, Edward Andrews, Reginald Owen, Kym Karath, Brian Nash, Lucy Landay, Elliott Reid
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #184, week 52 2017
When housewife Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) is suddenly selected as spokesperson for The Happy Soap Company, she must try to unit her new found fame with family life and a husband who feels neglected.
When it came to romantic comedies in the 1950-1960s, the one to go to was definitely Doris Day (Pillow Talk, 1959), whose innocent charm and ice-melting smile raised any movie to fantastic. The Thrill of It All makes good use of her girl-next-door appearance, as the housewife who gains popularity for being exactly what we love Day is: natural and approachable. Whether falling into a bucket of tomatoes or nervously filming TV-spots with cute flaws, Day captures your heart and keeps it. As the husband who suddenly sees himself on second place after years as head of the household, Garner (The Great Escape, 1963) is great. Convincingly playing a man’s man, he manage to shows vulnerability without loosing masculinity and he and Day shares a great chemistry. The movie is a delightful smorgasbord of likable support characters, mainly the German housekeeper Mrs. Goethe, as well as two adorable kids, played by Nash in his only movie role, and Karath, who you might recognize as young Gretl in The Sound of Music (1965). From the phone mix-ups with messages getting lost to the foam disaster in the backyard, The Thrill of It All is a delightful and incredible charming classic bound to lift your spirit.
The ad agency’s viewing room has both color and black-and-white TVs side by side. This was common at ad agencies in the 1960s to confirm that color commercials would also be acceptable on black-and-white sets.
Reiner had originally conceived the project for Judy Holliday, who developed cancer and had to bow out of the project. She passed away form the disease in 1965.
The car James Garner drives is a 1958 Chevy Impala convertible.
Picture copyrights: UIP