Come Blow Your Horn

Come Blow Your Horn

Director: Bud Yorkin

Cast: Bud Yorkin, Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb, Molly Picon

     
 

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This filmization of Neil Simon's first Broadway hit was adapted for the screen by Norman Lear. Once we get past the illogical casting of middle-aged Frank Sinatra and twentysomething Tony Bill as brothers, we're home free. Sinatra, a swinger supreme, uses his New York apartment as a harem of sorts for his legion of lady friends. Bill, wishing to break loose from his…  See more details below

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This filmization of Neil Simon's first Broadway hit was adapted for the screen by Norman Lear. Once we get past the illogical casting of middle-aged Frank Sinatra and twentysomething Tony Bill as brothers, we're home free. Sinatra, a swinger supreme, uses his New York apartment as a harem of sorts for his legion of lady friends. Bill, wishing to break loose from his protective parents (Lee J. Cobb and Molly Picon), moves in with older brother Sinatra, hoping to emulate his sibling in the sex department. Sinatra teaches Bill the tricks of the trade--to his everlasting regret, since Bill soon wins such prizes as Jill St. John and Barbara Rush away from Sinatra. The third act finds Sinatra behaving more like a parent than his parents, steering Bill on the straight and narrow and finally settling down with Rush. Also appearing in Come Blow Your Horn is singer Phyllis McGuire (an offscreen Sinatra vis-a-vis), Dan Blocker, and, in the uncredited role of a wino, Dean Martin.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Come Blow Your Horn could never have been a great movie -- the Neil Simon play that serves as its basis is simply too lightweight for that -- but it could have at least been a snappier, peppier one. Not that it's not mildly enjoyable; it has a number of solid one-liners in the traditional Simon mode, there's some swinging Nelson Riddle arrangements and some delightful oh-so-period bachelor-pad touches, and Frank Sinatra's around for the star part of a swinging bachelor who really needs to stop swinging. But the film lacks sparkle; worse, it adds a touch of smarminess to the proceedings. That smarminess is there in the original material, but it's kept underneath the surface. Screenwriter Norman Lear and director Bud Yorkin let it peep out too often. Sinatra is also a problem -- his performance is appropriately effortless, but a tad lifeless. And the role doesn't really call for a star; having one in the part throws things off balance. Still, Come Blow Your Horn is funny enough, and it does boast an excellent scene-stealing performance from Lee J. Cobb, delightful support from Molly Picon and Jill St. John, and an appealing (if a little too lightweight) contribution from Tony Bill. It all adds up to a minor but decently enjoyable comedy.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2012
UPC:
0887090036603
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
28,975

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Alan
Lee J. Cobb Mr. Baker
Molly Picon Mrs. Baker
Barbara Rush Connie
Jill St. John Peggy
Tony Bill Buddy
Dan Blocker Mr. Eckman
Phyllis McGuire Mrs. Eckman
Herbie Faye Waiter
Romo Vincent Barber
Charlotte Fletcher Manicurist
Greta Randall Tall Girl
Dean Martin The Bum
Joyce Nizzari Snow
Carole Wells Eunice
Grady Sutton Actor

Technical Credits
Bud Yorkin Director,Producer
Roland Anderson Production Designer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Keller Editor
Howard W. Koch Producer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Norman Lear Producer,Screenwriter
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Nelson Riddle Score Composer
James VanHeusen Songwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup

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