Phffft!

Phffft!

Director: Mark Robson

Cast: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson

     
 
After several years of domestic squabbles, the marriage of Nina and Robert Tracy (Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon) goes "phffft"! Upon receiving their divorce papers, Nina and Robert are certain that they'll remain friends, no matter how many new lovers they pick up along the way. Nina dallies briefly with bombastic Charlie Newton (Jack Carson), while Robert has a fling

Overview

After several years of domestic squabbles, the marriage of Nina and Robert Tracy (Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon) goes "phffft"! Upon receiving their divorce papers, Nina and Robert are certain that they'll remain friends, no matter how many new lovers they pick up along the way. Nina dallies briefly with bombastic Charlie Newton (Jack Carson), while Robert has a fling with the luscious Janis (Kim Novak). These romantic episodes only serve to make Nina and Robert realize how much they're still in love with each other. According to costar Jack Lemmon, the original title of this film was Phfffft!, but after an all-night bull session at Columbia Pictures it was decided to take out one of the "F"s.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The strangely titled Phffft! re-teamed Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon, whose chemistry had worked so well earlier in the year in It Should Happen to You. The chemistry is still there, but Holliday and Lemmon have to work much harder to make the indifferently paced and intermittently humorous Phffft! pay off. Although director Mark Robson makes good use of New York location shots (though not with the same quiet flair that George Cukor did in It Should Happen), he never seems to get a real handle on the script. George Axelrod has also done much better work elsewhere -- there's a semi-smutty undertone to much of the proceedings, not an uncommon occurrence in an Axelrod script, but here not leavened with enough wit or surprise to make it palatable. As always, Holliday is worth watching, with her ability to be screamingly funny and deeply touching at the same time, and Lemmon, though a bit forced, knows how to play off of her and still score his own points; their dance scene is a particular highlight. Jack Carson is annoying, but Kim Novak is actually pretty amusing. Lemmon and Novak would each go on to breakthrough performances the next year in, respectively, Mister Roberts and Picnic.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2011
UPC:
0043396361744
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Marriageable Male" episode of Ford All-Star Theatre

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Holliday Nina Tracy
Jack Lemmon Robert Tracy
Jack Carson Charlie Nelson
Kim Novak Janis
Luella Gear Mrs. Chapman
Don Randolph Dr. Van Kessel
Donald Curtis Rick Vidal
Merry Anders Marcia
Eddie Searles Tommy
Frank Arnold Art Teacher
Fay Baker Serena
Eugene Borden Actor
Sue Carlton Girl
Harry V. Cheshire Lawyer
Jimmie Dodd Taxi Driver
Arny Freeman Language Teacher
Richard H. Gordon Actor
Geraldine Hall Nina's Secretary
Jerry Hausner Radio Actor
Charles Heard Actor
George Hill Page
Joyce Jameson Secretary
Sally Mansfield Miss Comstock
Alphonse Martell Maitre D
Vivian Mason Actor
Patrick Miller Actor
William Newell Workman
Hamil Petroff Actor
Olan Soule Mr. Duncan
Ted Thorpe Actor
William Lechner Boy
Charlotte Lawrence Radio Actress
Tom Kingston Manager
Shirlee Allard Actor
Gil Warren Actor

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director
George Axelrod Original Story,Screenwriter
William Flannery Art Director
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Nelson Editor
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Phffft!
1. Chapter 1 [5:52]
2. Chapter 2 [9:54]
3. Chapter 3 [7:13]
4. Chapter 4 [7:22]
5. Chapter 5 [6:56]
6. Chapter 6 [10:36]
7. Chapter 7 [5:30]
8. Chapter 8 [5:59]
9. Chapter 9 [8:04]
10. Chapter 10 [8:59]
11. Chapter 11 [4:46]
12. Chapter 12 [7:03]

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