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Very Special Favor
     

A Very Special Favor

Director: Michael Gordon, Rock Hudson, Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer

Cast: Michael Gordon, Rock Hudson, Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer

 
A Very Special Favor stars Rock Hudson as a notorious romeo and Leslie Caron as a prudish psychiatrist. At the urging of Caron's lawyer father Charles Boyer, Hudson begins a seduction campaign. Caron resents this intrusion in her private affairs and builds up a wall of resistance against the ardent Mr. Hudson. Still, the film ends with Hudson and Caron happily

Overview

A Very Special Favor stars Rock Hudson as a notorious romeo and Leslie Caron as a prudish psychiatrist. At the urging of Caron's lawyer father Charles Boyer, Hudson begins a seduction campaign. Caron resents this intrusion in her private affairs and builds up a wall of resistance against the ardent Mr. Hudson. Still, the film ends with Hudson and Caron happily married, with plenty of children underfoot and another one on the way. Roundly panned for its alleged smarminess in 1965, A Very Special Favor is offensive today not for its sex talk but for its "pregnant, barefoot, in-the-kitchen" mentality.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of the many sex comedies that filled the screen in the 1960s, A Very Special Favor is of note for the presence of Leslie Caron in what would normally be the Doris Day role, and for some gay undertones which can't help but call attention to themselves when the film is viewed nowadays. Many will find Favor's premise -- that a woman not only can't be fulfilled unless she has a man but moreover that she can't be trusted to find the right one on her own -- a bit disturbing, shall we say. When one adds to the mix the fact that a father asks a veritable stranger to seduce his own daughter for her own good, it's easy to see why some would consider Favor too smarmy for its own good. It would help if Favor were riotously funny, but unfortunately it's not really much of a laugh-fest. There are some jokes and some good gags, but not enough to make it stand out. Caron is a help; if she's not a natural for the part, she still brings her special feistiness to the part and adds life. And she works quite well with Rock Hudson, an old hand at this kind of thing, whose performance here is good, if not outstanding. Charles Boyer does what he can with the role of the interfering father, and Larry Storch is amusing in a small part, but it's Nita Talbot that gets the attention among the supporting cast. She steals scenes with her precise timing and can do wonders with a small change in her tone of voice. The gay undertones, more pronounced given later revelations about Hudson, run throughout (especially in Dick Shawn's performance), but fly out into the open when Talbot dresses as a man and pretends to be Hudson's male lover. Things suddenly become much stranger and more surreal than the filmmakers intended -- and Favor for a few minutes is a film of some interest.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2015
UPC:
0025192317569
Original Release:
1965
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
14,817

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Paul Chadwick
Leslie Caron Lauren Boullard
Charles Boyer Michel Boullard
Walter Slezak Etienne, Proprietor
Dick Shawn Arnold Plum
Larry Storch Harry, Taxi Driver
Nita Talbot Mickey, operator
Norma Varden Mother Plum
George Furth Pete
Marcel Hillaire Claude
Jay Novello Rene
Stafford Repp Bartender
Danica D'Hondt Jacqueline
Frank deVol Desk Clerk
John Harding Dr. Lambert
Don Beddoe Mr. Ruthledge
Helen Brown Mrs. Ruthledge
Jesslyn Fax Miss Feeny
Jimmy Hayes Ambulance Attendant
Allen Joseph Man at Group Therapy
Frank Kreig Man with Cigar
Irene Martin Sandra
Alvy Moore Ralph
Barry O'Hara Man at Airport
Sheila Rogers Dorothy
Patricia Winters Seducing Woman

Technical Credits
Michael Gordon Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Vic Mizzy Score Composer
Nate Monaster Screenwriter
David Robel Choreography
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Stanley Shapiro Producer,Screenwriter
Walter M. Simonds Art Director
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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