Thrill of It All!

Thrill of It All!

4.8 5
Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis

     
 

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This amusing romantic comedy concerns Dr. Gerald Boyer (James Garner), a successful gynecologist with a wife and two children. Wife Beverly (Doris Day) focuses on maintaining the household and watching the kids. One of Gerald's patients, Mrs. Fraleigh (Arlene Francis), overhears Beverly talking up a new product she's discovered called 'Happy Soap' - whose manufacturer… See more details below

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This amusing romantic comedy concerns Dr. Gerald Boyer (James Garner), a successful gynecologist with a wife and two children. Wife Beverly (Doris Day) focuses on maintaining the household and watching the kids. One of Gerald's patients, Mrs. Fraleigh (Arlene Francis), overhears Beverly talking up a new product she's discovered called 'Happy Soap' - whose manufacturer just happens to be Mrs. Fraleigh's father-in-law, Old Tom Fraleigh (Reginald Owen). She introduces Beverly to him; hugely impressed, the old man offers her $80,000 a year to pitch a new product called "Happy Soap." Beverly's career takes her away from her family responsibilities and causes a series of comedic commotions for Gerald and the kids. He comes home from work one morning and accidentally drives his convertible into a freshly dug swimming pool ordered by Beverly without his knowledge. The furious physician throws a bevy of boxes of Happy Soap into the pool, causing the house to be engulfed in suds by morning (which the kids mistake for snow). The family maid Olivia (Zasu Pitts) is nearly driven crazy with the events and has many harried scenes of comedic frustration. Directed by Norman Jewison, this thouroughly engaging comedy was written by Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner. Reiner provides the screenplay for the feature which turned out to be the last film appearance of Zasu Pitts. With her passing marked the end of a long and successful career as a comedic and well respected actress that began in 1917.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Thrill of It All is an appealing (if terribly lightweight) little comedic confection, the kind of film that's the equivalent of a nice mid-day snack. A viewer looking for more substantial fare will definitely need to look elsewhere, as will those with a low tolerance for manufactured situations, a slight tendency toward cutesiness, or some dated feelings about gender roles. But for viewers who don't mind if situation setups are really based in reality, so long as they pay off in a decent laugh; who are won over by the grins and pouts of four-year-old children; or who can accept gender double standards as part and parcel of the period, Thrill should provide plenty of enjoyment. Certainly scripters Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart know a thing or two about the mechanics of comedy writing and the likes of Doris Day and James Garner are expert at playing for both the humor and the warmth. Throw in some fine support from Arlene Francis, ZaSu Pitts, and (in a very small role) Alice Pearce, as well as smooth and professional Norman Jewison direction, and you've got a pleasing, if totally insignificant, way to spend a couple of hours.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/1996
UPC:
0096898032032
Original Release:
1963
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Beverly Boyer
James Garner Dr. Gerald Boyer
Arlene Francis Mrs. Fraleigh
Edward Andrews Gardiner Fraleigh
ZaSu Pitts Olivia, maid
Reginald Owen Old Tom Fraleigh
Elliott Reid Mike Palmer
Alice Pearce Woman in Car
Kym Karath Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman Dr. Taylor
Hayden Rorke Billings, yes man
Alex Gerry Stokely
Robert Gallaer Van Camp
Anne Newman Miss Thompson
Burt Mustin Butler
Hedley Mattingly Chauffeur
Robert Strauss 1st Truck Driver
Maurice Gosfield Truck Driver
William Bramley Driver
Pamela Curran Starlet
Herbie Faye Man
Lenny Kent Cabbie
John Alderman Mr. Caputo
Carl Reiner Actor
Lennie Weinrib Actor

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Howard Bristol Set Decoration/Design
Miton Carruth Editor
Frank deVol Score Composer
Larry Gelbart Original Story
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Frederick Herbert Songwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Melcher Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Carl Reiner Screenwriter

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