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Comedy movie directed by Norman Jewison

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Cute Doris Day Comedy

  • Jun 19, 2000
Doris Day and James Garner had a wonderful chemistry, first-evidenced when Universal paired them in THE THRILL OF IT ALL!, a bubbly romantic comedy about the tenacious power balance between husband and wife.

Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) is a devoted wife and mother who suddenly finds nation-wide fame as the star of the "Happy Soap" TV commercials. Her successful obstetrician husband Gerald (James Garner) finds himself thrust into the position of being "Mr Beverly Boyer" as their marriage and private-life careens into a media frenzy. Can marriage survive life in the spotlight?...

Adorable romantic comedy with Doris Day at the top of her form. The Boyer children are played winningly by Brian Nash and Kim Karath (best-remembered as little Gretl in "The Sound of Music"). The cast also includes Arlene Francis, Elliott Reid, ZaSu Pitts and Edward Andrews. This was one of the first major screenplays by Carl Reiner, following years of solid TV comedy writing.

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James Garner substitutes for Rock Hudson in this hilarious Doris Day outing. Housewife Beverly Boyer (Day) happens by chance to give an executive of Happy Soap an honest appraisal of one of his company's products. Charmed by her forthright and honest manner, he makes Beverly the company spokesperson. When she becomes an advertising sensation, her husband (Garner) has to deal with the social ramifications of his wife making more money than he does. Day and Garner are both in good form, and Garner nicely portrays the mounting frustration of bewildered husband Gerald.

Gerald's refusal to accept that Beverly's new career infringes on her duties as housewife is, of course, outdated thinking today. Nevertheless, the film works and is sincerely funny. No wonder: comedian Carl Reiner cowrote the script. --Mark Savary

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Director: Norman Jewison
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 17, 1963
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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