The Thrill of It All

1963

Comedy  Romance  

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James Garner as n Dr. Gerald Boyernn
Doris Day as n Beverly Boyernn
Kym Karath as n Maggie Boyernn
Paul Frees as n TV Announcernn
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n 1280*688 n
n English n
n NR n
n 23.976 fps n
n 1hr 48 min n
P/S 45 / 115
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n English n
n NR n
n 23.976 fps n
n 1hr 48 min n
P/S 59 / 153

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gregorybnyc 9 / 10

Nobody Lost Their Temper Like Doris

Doris Day was one of my favorites in the 50s and 60s, even in herfinal clunkers, she always rose above the material. Thankfully inthe early 60s she was at her most productive, giving really finecomic performances that not even Goldie Hawn could match inquality. Here's she's the attractive housewife to James Garner'sequally attractive pediatrician husband. They live in the burbs, andat a dinner party, she's suddenly offered the opportunity to becomea pitchwoman for a line of laundry detergent. It's not a hardjob--the advertising agency simply shoots the TV spots in herhome. But Doris becomes a star, and her well-ordered life veerscompletely out of control. Her mildly chauvinistic husband (typicalof the times) hates her working, taking time from him and the kids(okay for him to be constantly busy and challenged by his work). You need know nothing more of the plot, which involves the headof the agency's wife giving birth in a limousine, and the by nowsomewhat separated Day/Garner partnership finds their spat over with a big embrace before the final credits. A smart script by Carl Reiner and Doris at her comic andglamorous best (the costumes are really gorgeous early 60sknockouts) with wonderful chemistry supplied by hunky Garner. The kids are cute, Arlene Francis and Edward Andrews are finecomic foils. I've seen this movie a half a dozen times, and alwayswatch when it's on late-night TV. The scene where Doris finallyloses her temper over her husband's un-reasonable jealousy andanger over his wife's career, is a howler. As she demonstrated inall her movies with Rock Hudson, nobody can boil over in comicrage better than the adorable Miss Day.

Reviewed by algernon4 9 / 10

Doris Day's Best Comedy!

If one of today's "actresses" gave half as good a performance as Doris Day gives in "The Thrill of it All," they'd be nominated for an Oscar. Just look at what wins Academy Awards today! Day's acting in "Thrill" is just as good, or better, than Helen Hunt in "As Good As it Gets."Hollywood seems to have "had it in" for Doris. In this film, she was so natural, so damn good, and above all, FUNNY. She and James Garner made a handsome couple and gave this film that extra sparkle. Thanks to the clever script/screenplay by Carl Reiner, this comedy had lots to say.I enjoyed all of the performers here. Zazu Pitts was extremely funny as Olivia, the maid. Doris has always had wonderful support in her films and this one was no exception. Arlene Francis was great as the expectant older mother and Edward Andrews deserved a best supporting Oscar nod. Why he didn't get one is beyond me. It's similar to the way the Oscars ignored Tony Randall's superb work in all three Day/Hudson flicks.Alice Pearce ("Bewitched") was a scream as the money hungry wife during the traffic jam. This is the scene where Andrews displayed his expertise in comedy (this should have been Oscar time for him).One of my favorite scenes in the picture was when Beverly and her Dr. husband were besieged by Bev's fans in the restaurant. Very effective and not overdone.Day was wonderful in most of her scenes and really broke me up when she first did her soap commercial. The whole picture is a delight and director, Norman Jewison was right on target. Boy, do I wish he'd directed "Pillow Talk," for he would have kept a tight reign on Doris' tendency to get "too cutesy." Here, she was appropriately mature AND sexy.Very touching was the scene after the baby was born in the back of the limo. Day is overwhelmed by the experience of assisting in the birth and just wants her Dr. husband to hold her. Beautiful. This one gets the highest rating in my book.

Reviewed by Peter Zullmmann ([email protected]) 9 / 10

Doris's Day

This is the first time I write a comment about a film. Considering that my favorite films, since I discovered the movies, are by Scorsese, Gonzalez Inarritu, Polanski, etc. What am I doing selecting a Doris Day comedy for my first review. Okay, let me tell you. I was overwhelmed by the sheer brilliance of the lady. I've always heard about Doris Day but I had never seen her (The Man Who Knew Too Much is my next one). She is extraordinary because in the midst of all the zaniness there is an unquestionable truth. I believed completely in her character I never thought for a moment she was trying to sell me something. I recognized her, I knew who her character was and then, of course, I laughed, loud and hard. So the reason that I've selected "The Thrill Of It All" as my first review is because that's what cinema is all about. Surprises and discoveries. Thank you Doris Day, you've given me something new to look forward to.

Reviewed by movibuf1962 9 / 10

Sophisticated memories from childhood.

"The Thrill Of It All" was one of my best childhood memories. In the days prior to wall-to-wall cable stations, there were certain films that enjoyed a regular place on the weekend matinée lineup on local TV stations. This was one of them. And the funny thing is when I originally saw it, I never thought of it as dated or sexist (this is a memory from about 28 years ago). Even though I grew up in a household where both my parents worked (and my dad never gave it a second thought since there were six of us), I merely accepted the script as a reflection of the 1963 sensibility and not my own. You really can't watch a movie that's older than you are (I'm guessing lots of you are under 40) and expect it to reflect modern-day sensibilities. That said, the film is expertly written taking several stabs and jabs at the TV advertising (as well as the network) industry. Doris Day was the quintessential modern wife/mother on-screen at the time, and James Garner was a perfect spousal foil for her. And what a touch of class by Arlene "What's My Line" Francis as an elegant expectant (albeit older) mother and nervous expectant father Edward Andrews.

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