The Tender Trap

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Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith's Broadway hit The Tender Trap is transformed into a beguiling Frank Sinatra film vehicle. Sinatra plays a Manhattan showbiz agent, Charlie Y. Reader, who enjoys the attentions of several willing young ladies. At an audition, Charlie meets aspiring actress Julie Gillis Debbie Reynolds, who is so determined to land a husband that she's already set the date. She goes out with Charlie for a short while, then announces that she won't marry him until he gives up all his other girls. ...
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Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith's Broadway hit The Tender Trap is transformed into a beguiling Frank Sinatra film vehicle. Sinatra plays a Manhattan showbiz agent, Charlie Y. Reader, who enjoys the attentions of several willing young ladies. At an audition, Charlie meets aspiring actress Julie Gillis Debbie Reynolds, who is so determined to land a husband that she's already set the date. She goes out with Charlie for a short while, then announces that she won't marry him until he gives up all his other girls. Charlie, who hasn't said word one about marriage and who'd been preparing to give Julie the brush-off, is startled by her ultimatum -- so much so that he genuinely falls in love with her, which we can safely assume was her intention all along. A complication involving Charlie's former amour Sylvia Crewes Celeste Holm and his best friend Joe McCall David Wayne paves the way for the film's slightly offbeat denouement. In addition to scoring at the box office, The Tender Trap yielded a hit song written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, which would remain a part of Frank Sinatra's repertoire for the rest of his life.
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Special Features

New featurette Frank in the fifties; Soundtrack remastered in dolby digital 5.1; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While it's hardly a great film, The Tender Trap is a cut above your standard, run-of-the-mill sex comedies, especially those that masquerade as romantic comedies. Trap's defects are easy to spot. The two leading characters, especially the one played by Debbie Reynolds, are the kind of opposites-attract pair that rarely exist outside of a writer's imagination. Reynolds, in particular, is a type that seems to have been born in a typewriter. It's not that extremely marriage-minded woman don't exist; it's that, even in 1955, they were not as single-mindedly determined in the manner that Reynolds is here. The lack of credibility extends to a lesser degree to Frank Sinatra, whose playboy's irresistibility to women just is a bit too much to believe. Much of the plot is too mechanical and predictable, and the audience only believes that Sinatra and Reynolds get together at the end because of the charm and persuasiveness of the stars themselves. That said, Trap does have some very fine moments, and the characters portrayed by Celeste Holm and David Wayne are actually quite nicely drawn. Helped along by the actors' superlative performances, these two characters really anchor the film and give it a degree of distinction. Without them, Trap would be entertaining but forgettable; with them, it lingers in the mind far longer than it really should.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • UPC: 012569647473
  • Original Release: 1955
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Charlie Y. Reader
Debbie Reynolds Miss Julie Gillis
David Wayne Joe McCall
Celeste Holm Sylvia Crewes
Lola Albright Poppy Matson
Jarma Lewis Jessica Collins
Carolyn Jones Helen
Howard St. John Sam Sayers
Joey Faye Sol Z. Steiner
Tom Helmore Mr. Loughran
Willard Sage Director
Marc Wilder Ballet Actor
Jack Boyle Audition Dancer
James Drury Eddie
Madge Blake Society Reporter
Lennie Bremen
Gordon Richards Doorman
Benny Rubin Mr. Wilson
Reginald Simpson Stage Manager
Frank Sully
Wilson Wood Elevator Boy
Dave White Cab Driver
Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
John D. Dunning Editor
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Jimmy Van Heusen Score Composer, Songwriter
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tender Trap
1. Title Song Credits [3:06]
2. Enter Joe, Exit Poppy [5:05]
3. Tidy Jessica [2:59]
4. Each Other's Setup [5:31]
5. Special Sylvia [3:17]
6. Whoever had it so Good? [3:32]
7. Just by Looking [1:31]
8. Kid's got Something [3:02]
9. No Substitute for Marriage [4:49]
10. Wedlock Deadline [3:48]
11. Trap with a Trigger [4:07]
12. Hot Seat [3:36]
13. (Love Is) the Tender Trap [5:06]
14. How to Please a Lady [5:55]
15. Ideas of Necking [6:31]
16. God's Gift to Women [5:50]
17. Unavailable Dates [1:50]
18. Comeuppance [3:45]
19. Career Girl [2:20]
20. Suddenly Engaged [2:51]
21. I Love you. Go Home [4:23]
22. Party Leftovers [3:48]
23. When Fiancées Meet [5:08]
24. Married Man's Dream [4:21]
25. Unhappiest Heel [4:06]
26. Before or After? [1:58]
27. Back to Indiana [2:01]
28. Catching the Bouquet [2:25]
29. Title Song Finale; Cast List [2:37]
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Disc #1 -- Tender Trap
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Frank in the Fifties
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles
         English (For the Hearing Impaired)
         Français
         Portugués
         Subtitles: Off
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