Boeing Boeing

Overview

Marc Camoletti's popular stage farce Boeing Boeing is watered down and realigned into a Tony Curtis/Jerry Lewis vehicle. Curtis plays an American journalist living in Paris; Lewis is his goonish but surprisingly restrained buddy. Partial to stewardesses, Curtis manages to juggle the affections of three luscious flight attendants Dany Saval, Christiane Schmidtmer, and Suzanna Leigh, whose schedules are such that their visits to Curtis' bachelor pad never overlap. Complications ensue when the Boeing company speeds ...
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Overview

Marc Camoletti's popular stage farce Boeing Boeing is watered down and realigned into a Tony Curtis/Jerry Lewis vehicle. Curtis plays an American journalist living in Paris; Lewis is his goonish but surprisingly restrained buddy. Partial to stewardesses, Curtis manages to juggle the affections of three luscious flight attendants Dany Saval, Christiane Schmidtmer, and Suzanna Leigh, whose schedules are such that their visits to Curtis' bachelor pad never overlap. Complications ensue when the Boeing company speeds up its air service, and when Lewis tries to muscle in on Curtis' "racket." The best lines go to Thelma Ritter as Curtis' disapproving housekeeper.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
By all rights, Boeing Boeing shouldn't be as entertaining as it is. After all, '60s sex comedies tend to date terribly, and their attitudes in terms of male-female relationships can sometimes cause modern audiences to wince. Boeing is undeniably dated, and its attitudes are certainly bothersome, yet somehow Boeing remains an entertaining piece of fluff. Part of the credit is due to Edward Anhalt's adaptation of Marc Camoletti's play. It's been bowdlerized somewhat and lost some punch, but it retains a great deal of the classic farce structure that made the play a huge hit in England and France. The situations that arise can be seen from miles away, but until the climax, they have the taste of inevitability rather than predictability. The climax, however, misses the mark and is quite disappointing; the coda that follows redeems things somewhat, but definitely not entirely. More credit is due the cast, starting with the surprisingly restrained Jerry Lewis. The trademark high-pitched whine is nowhere in evidence, and although there are a couple of body contortions in view, for the most part this is a subdued and surprisingly effective performance. Tony Curtis is also very much on the mark; perhaps because he is kept so incredibly busy throughout; there's no time for the smarminess which often seeps through when he's cast in this kind of role. But, as is often the case, it's wisecracking Thelma Ritter who wins the most plaudits. No one else has a face and delivery that says "I've seen it all and I'm still surprised and a little disgusted" like Ritter, and she's in top form in Boeing Boeing. This silly little sex farce won't make anyone's "ten best" list, but it's frothy and fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • UPC: 887090035309
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Source: Olive Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 27,955

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Curtis Bernard Lawrence
Jerry Lewis Robert Reed
Dany Saval Jacqueline Grieux
Christiane Schmidtmer Lise Bruner
Suzanna Leigh Vicky Hawkins
Thelma Ritter Bertha
Lomax Study Pierre
Technical Credits
John Rich Director
Edward Anhalt Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Charles Grenzbach Sound/Sound Designer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Neal Hefti Score Composer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Low Editor
Archie Marshek Editor
Daniel McCauley Asst. Director
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Paul Nathan Associate Producer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Tyler Art Director
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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