That Touch of Mink

That Touch of Mink

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Director: Delbert Mann, Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young

Cast: Delbert Mann, Cary Grant, Doris Day, Gig Young

     
 

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When people refer to Doris Day as "the world's oldest professional virgin," they generally have the 1962 comedy That Touch of Mink in mind. It isn't that Cathy Timberlake (Day) is above a bit of hanky-panky; it's just that she wants such tangibles as a marriage license and wedding ring first. Thus, when playboy businessman Philip Shayne (Cary Grant) begins

Overview

When people refer to Doris Day as "the world's oldest professional virgin," they generally have the 1962 comedy That Touch of Mink in mind. It isn't that Cathy Timberlake (Day) is above a bit of hanky-panky; it's just that she wants such tangibles as a marriage license and wedding ring first. Thus, when playboy businessman Philip Shayne (Cary Grant) begins actively pursuing Cathy (they "met cute" when Philip's limo splashed mud on the hapless Cathy), she won't say "I will" until he says "I do." She is of the idealistic opinion that she can bring out the best intentions in him, even when he repeatedly tips off his worst intentions by inviting her to accompany him to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Bermuda. After not a few complications and misunderstands, Cathy finally finagles a proposal out of Philip. The film is essentially much ado about nothing, but it is so well-acted and attractively photographed that the audiences are willing to go along for the ride. The high-powered supporting cast includes Gig Young as Roger, Philip's moralistic financial advisor; Audrey Meadows as Connie, Cathy's wise-cracking roommate; Alan Hewitt as Dr. Gruber, a confused psychiatrist; John Astin as Beasley, Cathy's slimy would-be beau; Dick Sargent as a neurotic honeymooner; and an unbilled Richard Deacon as an all-around letch. Best scene: the baseball-dugout rhubarb involving New York Yankees Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Yogi Berra.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Sex comedies from the 1960s tend not to age too well, and while that's true to an extent with That Touch of Mink, it does hold up better than many other similar films from the period. Part of the credit goes to the screenplay, which is structurally quite sound and which features dialogue that actually is witty on occasion and, even when not witty, is at least appropriate. Unfortunately, the main plot itself is bound to give pause to some modern viewers, who will object to a number of things, including the inherent materialism, the sexual "obligation" that Doris Day feels, the age difference between the leads, and the outdated sexual role-playing that permeates the film. However, when suave and charismatic Cary Grant is on hand, and when Day is operating -- as here -- at the top of her form, things are bound to be kept lively and entertaining, and the stars do not disappoint. They're also supported by an excellent supporting cast, from Audrey Meadows' wisecracking best pal to John Astin's oily letch. Delbert Mann directs with supreme confidence, timing his gags to within a nanosecond and keeping the whole thing moving along at a sprightly pace. Throw in some glamorous clothes and sumptuous settings, and Mink is a glossy, amusing and entertaining little film -- that is better enjoyed without probing under its surface.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2013
UPC:
0887090068703
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
5,643

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Philip Shayne
Doris Day Cathy Timberlake
Gig Young Roger
Audrey Meadows Connie
John Astin Beasley
Dick Sargent Young Man
Alan Hewitt Dr. Gruber
John R. McKee Collins, chauffeur
Jan Burrell Miss Jones
June Ericson Millie
Willard Sage Hodges
Russ Bender Williams
Louise Arthur Woman
Edna Bennett Mrs. Wilson
Barbara Collentine Mrs. Smith
William Gleason Hotel Manager
Billy Greene Al
John Morley Man
Jack Rice Customer in Automat
Laiola Wendorff Mrs. Golden
Cathy Merchant Irene
Nelson Olmsted Mr. Hackett
Jon Silo Mario
Sally Hughes Secretary
George Simmons Bellboy
Joey Faye Short Man
Laurie Mitchell Showgirl
John Fiedler Mr. Smith
Jack Livesey Dr. Richardson
William Lanteau Leonard
Yogi Berra Himself
Mickey Mantle Himself
Roger Maris Himself
Dorothy Abbott Stewardess
Alice Backes Miriam
Helen Brown Mrs. Farnum
Melora Conway Miss Farrell
Richard Deacon Mr. Miller
Fred Essler Mr. Golden
Kathryn Givney Mrs. Haskell
Clegg Hoyt Truck driver
Ralph Manza Cab driver
Tyler McVey Doorman
Yvonne Peattie Fashion consultant

Technical Credits
Delbert Mann Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Executive Producer
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
George Duning Score Composer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Kent Editor
Martin Melcher Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
Nate Monaster Screenwriter
Norman Norell Costumes/Costume Designer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Shapiro Producer,Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- That Touch of Mink
1. Chapter I [10:13]
2. Chapter II [9:46]
3. Chapter III [12:10]
4. Chapter IV [9:06]
5. Chapter V [15:34]
6. Chapter VI [17:03]
7. Chapter VII [11:53]
8. Chapter VIII [13:33]

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That Touch of Mink 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
These old movies are so well done, one wishes one could see more of the same. Amazingly, no one had to get nude or do deep-throat kissing to present a particularly pleasing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How can you go wrong with Cary Grant and Doris Day? I absolutely love this movie when I want to watch a "Feel good" movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"I am a fan of movies, both the kind of movies that are made these days and the old classics and as a fan of both Cary Grant and Doris Day I really liked their movie A Touch of Mink. It's a very cute, pleasant movie! Highly recommended!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the dialogue of humor and analogy's. Doris Day was beautiful and elegant. I wish our movies today had the touch of class that comes shining through in this movie.