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Facts of Life
     

The Facts of Life

Director: Melvin Frank, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Ruth Hussey

Cast: Melvin Frank, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Ruth Hussey

 

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Unlike the typical Bob Hope and Lucille Ball vehicles, The Facts of Life is essentially a domestic drama with comic undertones. Hope is married to Ruth Hussey, while Ball is the wife of Don DeFore. All four are old friends, who for many years have taken each other for granted. A series of unforeseen circumstances requires Hope and Ball to spend a great deal of

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Unlike the typical Bob Hope and Lucille Ball vehicles, The Facts of Life is essentially a domestic drama with comic undertones. Hope is married to Ruth Hussey, while Ball is the wife of Don DeFore. All four are old friends, who for many years have taken each other for granted. A series of unforeseen circumstances requires Hope and Ball to spend a great deal of time together without their spouses, and as a result they fall in love. Though the affair is never consummated, Hope and Ball are prepared to run off together, but in the end they decide that adultery at their age just isn't worth the trouble. Long unavailable for viewing due to legal tangles, The Facts of Life has gained legendary status as one of the few Bob Hope films of the 1960s to concentrate on character development rather than silly one-liners. Recent viewings have revealed that, though a far more mature work than one might expect from Hope or Ball, Facts of Life still relies to a great extent on the sort of TV sitcom material that the fans of the two stars had come to expect by 1960. Still, the film was considered offbeat enough to warrant an Oscar nomination for best screenplay (by longtime Hope associates Norman Panama and Melvin Frank).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2015
UPC:
0887090094504
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
9,123

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Larry Gilbert
Lucille Ball Kitty Weaver
Ruth Hussey Mary Gilbert
Don DeFore Jack Weaver
Louis Nye Charles Busbee
Philip Ober Doc Mason
Marianne Stewart Connie Mason
Peter Leeds Thompson
Hollis Irving Myrtle Busbee
William Lanteau Airline Clerk
Robert Simon Motel Clerk
Louise Beavers Gussie
Mike Mazurki Man in Motel Room

Technical Credits
Melvin Frank Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Bracht Editor
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director,Production Designer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Johnny Mercer Score Composer
Norman Panama Producer,Screenwriter
Kenneth A. Reid Art Director
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Facts of Life
1. Chapter 1 [14:20]
2. Chapter 2 [13:06]
3. Chapter 3 [13:16]
4. Chapter 4 [14:10]
5. Chapter 5 [6:26]
6. Chapter 6 [6:07]
7. Chapter 7 [14:12]
8. Chapter 8 [11:41]

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