If a Man Answers

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Overview

This lightweight, nearly zero-gravity comedy by director Henry Levin relies on a novel by a male writer and a script by another man to come up with a nearly offensive story (in these more enlightened times) about how a woman can lie, manipulate, and generally deceive her husband, all in the "art" of hanging on to him. Sandra Dee is Chantal, married to Eugene (Bobby Darin, Dee's real-life husband), but first comes the story of how she hooked him. Next, comes the story of how he is trained to be a perfect husband, ...
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Overview

This lightweight, nearly zero-gravity comedy by director Henry Levin relies on a novel by a male writer and a script by another man to come up with a nearly offensive story (in these more enlightened times) about how a woman can lie, manipulate, and generally deceive her husband, all in the "art" of hanging on to him. Sandra Dee is Chantal, married to Eugene (Bobby Darin, Dee's real-life husband), but first comes the story of how she hooked him. Next, comes the story of how he is trained to be a perfect husband, and then the final installment is unveiled. She uses a variety of tricks to keep him wondering whether or not he can trust her. For example, Chantal's mother calls her and "if a man answers" she hangs up, leaving the unhappy husband to think his wife has a clandestine lover. The premise that a woman's only role in life is to get and hold a husband has thankfully undergone a few revisions since 1962.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
If a Man Answers is in some ways one of the more interesting and in some ways one of the more offensive of the sex comedies that permeated 1960s movie screens. Among the more interesting aspects are the fact that this one comes, to an extent, from the woman's point of view; that it concerns a married couple rather than two singles or a mixture of married and single; and that it contains an "older" woman (i.e., someone over 40) who is vivacious and appealing. Answers scores in the offensive department for its stereotypical depiction of a woman as nothing without a man and in its dated "how top manipulate a man" approach. This wouldn't matter so much if Answer were simply funnier -- but it's not. It has laughs, but not enough, and the vapidness of its plot needs constant humor to succeed. Don't blame the cast, though. Real-life husband and wife Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee are very well matched on screen with an obvious chemistry, and they play the material for all it's worth. Even better is the delightful Micheline Presle as the "older" woman (mother of Dee's character), who really brings the film to life. Not enough to make it a great movie, but enough to make it worth a glance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • UPC: 025192559020
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,885

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Dee Chantal Stacey
Bobby Darin Eugene Wright
Micheline Presle Maman Stacey
John Lund John Stacey
Cesar Romero Robert Swan/Adam Wright
Stefanie Powers Tina
Christopher Knight Richard
Ted Thorpe Florist
John Bleifer Tobacconist
Pamela Searle Model
Warrene Ott Rita
Dani Lynn Bunny
Charlene Holt Lisa
Rosalee Calvert Model
Roger Bacon Messenger
Technical Credits
Henry Levin Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Miton Carruth Editor
Bobby Darin Songwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Richard Morris Screenwriter
Edward Muhl Producer
Hans Salter Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Teaser (Main Titles) [5:19]
2. Thinking of Marriage [7:13]
3. Meeting Mr. Wright [5:06]
4. Bachelorhood, the Ideal State [7:00]
5. Clever Woman [3:20]
6. Marry Me [5:11]
7. Don't Disappoint Love [4:12]
8. Here for Good, or Bad [8:41]
9. Treat Him Like a Dog [4:40]
10. Praise is Very Important [2:30]
11. Never Fear the Leash [6:25]
12. The Perfect Wife [9:57]
13. Inventing Another Lover [4:56]
14. Flowers Without a Card [8:14]
15. Fight for Me [3:51]
16. Meet Mr. Swan [4:31]
17. Dirty Old Man [7:32]
18. In the Doghouse [2:58]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Trailer
   Languages
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lighthearted entertainment

    This movie is remeniscent of the days of simple pleasures, and just plain good fun and I was pleased to see it was finally available especially on DVD! It is exactly the cute kind of romantic comedy you'd expect from the Darin/Dee duo. This is a cute, lighthearted, no brainer, comedy. It is simply intended to be be what used to be known as 'ENTERTAINMENT'!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just too good!

    I saw this years ago also and I still think it is so funny. We just need to learn how to laugh at ourselves again. Some good old fashion fun!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny movie-great actors

    I saw this movie at the drive-in back in 1962 before everyone got 'offended' by everything. It is a shame that everything classic has to be judged on 'political correctness' or the level of offensive content. I thought it was a fun movie for the times. If you just sit back and have a good time, and not worry about whether it is politically correct or not, you may just enjoy this movie and others. The theme song sung by Bobby, 'If a Man Answers' is a funny song. Don't get 'uptight' as we said in the 60's - sit down and have a good laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. I haven't seen this movie in 42 years, but I have always remembered it as alot of fun, even though probably not an intellectual movie! Bobby and Sandra were so cute together, as were the innocent fun of the 50's and 60's. Signed-a female that can still laugh!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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