The Right Approach

Overview

This is a routine drama about Leo Mack Frankie Vaughn a good-for-nothing, aspiring actor who goes to Hollywood and then ruins one life after another. Based on a stage play by the late Garson Kanin and adapted by his brother, scripters Michael Kanin and his wife Fay Kanin, the story is one long series of disasters wrought by Leo. Alleviated by several pop songs, Leo first wrecks the relationships between five young men who had been living equitably together in a bachelor pad. He goes on to mess up his budding ...
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Overview

This is a routine drama about Leo Mack Frankie Vaughn a good-for-nothing, aspiring actor who goes to Hollywood and then ruins one life after another. Based on a stage play by the late Garson Kanin and adapted by his brother, scripters Michael Kanin and his wife Fay Kanin, the story is one long series of disasters wrought by Leo. Alleviated by several pop songs, Leo first wrecks the relationships between five young men who had been living equitably together in a bachelor pad. He goes on to mess up his budding romance with Ursula Juliet Prowse and Anne Martha Hyer and continues in that way until fame is almost certain.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Right Approach is a film that cries out for someone like Frank Sinatra to play the all-important lead (although Ol' Blue Eyes would have already been a might too old in 1961 to fit comfortably in the role). What it got instead was Frankie Vaughan, who was more at home in a recording studio than a soundstage. Vaughan is not a disaster, and he actually handles a few scenes quite nicely, but he's lacking the screen presence that is absolutely essential if the film is to work. Without that, Leo Mack is nothing more than an overly ambitious, annoying heel; Vaughan simply doesn't have the charm or appeal that would make sense of the story and of the fuss that is being created over the character. And he can't stand up to Juliet Prowse, who blows him away even when given very little with which to really work. Beyond Vaughan, there are other credibility problems with the screenplay, and Fay and Michael Kanin's dialogue just never really crackles the way it intends to. David Butler's direction is serviceable, but more is needed to bring the film to life. Like Prowse, Martha Hyer makes a strong impression, and the supporting men are solid, if unspectacular.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2013
  • UPC: 024543878254
  • Original Release: 1961
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,776

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliet Prowse Ursula Poe
Frankie Vaughan Leo Mack
Martha Hyer Anne Perry
Gary Crosby Rip Hulett
David McLean Bill Sikulovic
Jesse White Brian Freer
Jane Withers Liz
Rachel Stephens Helen
Steve Harris Mitch Mack
Robert Casper Horace
Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Alan Bergman Songwriter
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
Oscar Brodney Producer
Duncan Cramer Art Director
Josephine Earl Choreography
Dominic Frontiere Score Composer
Michael Kanin Screenwriter
Fay Kanin Screenwriter
Marilyn Keith Songwriter
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Tom McAdoo Editor
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Lew Spence Songwriter
Kirby Stone Songwriter
Frankie Vaughan Songwriter
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