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The Glass Bottom Boat is hardly a high point in the careers of star Doris Day and director Frank Tashlin, though it is a better-than-usual example of that pure-'60s genre, the "spy spoof." Day plays Jennifer Nelson, a PR worker at NASA in Florida. She also doubles as a "mermaid" for her father, Axel Arthur Godfrey, the skipper of a glass-bottom tourist boat. While garbed in her skimpy mermaid costume, she has a run-in with handsome space technician Bruce Templeton Rod Taylor. Through a series of ...
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The Glass Bottom Boat is hardly a high point in the careers of star Doris Day and director Frank Tashlin, though it is a better-than-usual example of that pure-'60s genre, the "spy spoof." Day plays Jennifer Nelson, a PR worker at NASA in Florida. She also doubles as a "mermaid" for her father, Axel Arthur Godfrey, the skipper of a glass-bottom tourist boat. While garbed in her skimpy mermaid costume, she has a run-in with handsome space technician Bruce Templeton Rod Taylor. Through a series of misunderstandings, Bruce is led to believe that Jennifer is an enemy spy, determined to steal scientific secrets. Several other characters enter into the plot, including bumbling secret agent Julius Pritter Dom DeLuise and prissy security chief Homer Cripps Paul Lynde. Also on hand are TV favorites Dick Martin as Jennifer's erstwhile beau and Eric Fleming as a man of mystery. A few cute celebrity cameos round out this ribtickler, while Doris Day, as always, gets a few opportunities to sing.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Spy spoofs were a fad in the 1960s, so it was probably inevitable that top box-office draw Doris Day would eventually find herself starring in one. Fortunately, The Glass Bottom Boat is less concerned with spy movie conventions than with allowing Day and her co-stars the chance to engage in a great deal of slapstick while coming to terms with the twists and turns of the film's romantic plot. Boat is about as featherweight as a film can get, but as long as viewers are in the mood for something light, silly, and insubstantial, they're probably going to be entertained by this piece of fluff. Certainly Day is appealing and very much in her element; she knows this isn't exactly Hamlet, but she treats it with the right level of seriousness to make it all work. Rod Taylor isn't quite loose enough for the proceedings, but he works well with Day, and the supporting cast is very much in the right spirit, led by an incredibly game Paul Lynde, an amusingly oafish Dom DeLuise, and the always-dependable Alice Pearce. Director Frank Tashlin has filled the screen with his favorite bright colors and gets to give rein to his penchant for machine-oriented gags. Tashlin's cartoony approach gets to be a bit much occasionally, but it's fun to see a director enjoying himself as much as Tashlin. A brainless little bubble, The Glass Bottom Boat floats along quite enjoyably, if aimlessly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/1993
  • UPC: 027616236036
  • Original Release: 1966
  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Jennifer Nelson
Rod Taylor Bruce Templeton
Arthur Godfrey Axel Nordstrom
John McGiver Ralph Goodwin
Paul Lynde Homer Cripps
Edward Andrews Gen. Wallace Bleecker
Dom DeLuise Julius Pratter
Elisabeth Fraser Nina Bailey
Dick Martin Zack Molly
George Tobias Mr. Fenimore
Alice Pearce Mrs. Fenimore
Ellen Corby Anna Miller
Dee J. Thompson Donna
Eric Fleming Edgar Hill
Robert Vaughn Napoleon Solo
Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director
Ray Aghayan Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Frank De Vol Score Composer
Everett Freeman Producer, Screenwriter
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
J. McMillan Johnson Special Effects
Harry Maret Makeup
John McSweeney Jr. Editor
Martin Melcher Producer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Carroll L. Shepphird Special Effects
William J. Tuttle Makeup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2004

    A great classic movie - fun for the whole family

    I can't believe the negative reviews for this movie and other classic family comedies that the 'Movie Book Review' people write on Barnes website. They must be 'LAUGH-A-PHOBIC'. This movie is such fun for the whole family, clean and innocent. Much better than the non-funny garbage being produced these days. The writers of old had a sense of humor, and could use slap stick to make you fall out of your chairs laughing. I wish the TV stations would air more clean and wholesome fun like this movie, than the empty humorless sitcoms that are 'politically correct' but boring being thrown at us nightly. Sit back and have a good laugh at this one. Paul Lynde and Dick Martin from 'Laugh-in' are super as is Dom De Luise. A true classic, can't wait for the DVD my video is worn out !!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    waiting for DVD

    great movie, love the classics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Fantastic

    I only wish that it came in DVD so it would last longer than the VHS.

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