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The Thrill of It All

Doris Day , James Garner , Norman Jewison    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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James Garner substitutes for Rock Hudson in this hilarious Doris Day outing. Housewife Beverly Boyer (Day) happens by chance to give an executive of Happy Soap an honest appraisal of one of his company's products. Charmed by her forthright and honest manner, he makes Beverly the company spokesperson. When she becomes an advertising sensation, her husband (Garner) has to deal with the social ramifications of his wife making more money than he does. Day and Garner are both in good form, and Garner nicely portrays the mounting frustration of bewildered husband Gerald.

Gerald's refusal to accept that Beverly's new career infringes on her duties as housewife is, of course, outdated thinking today. Nevertheless, the film works and is sincerely funny. No wonder: comedian Carl Reiner cowrote the script. --Mark Savary

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Doris Day gem... fun movie! April 12 2004
A hip and happening Doris Day comedy in which the girl next door becomes a media sensation. Doris stars, not surprisingly, as a wholesomely sexy suburban housewife who is hired to become the spokesperson for the Happy Soap company, because Happy Soap's crotchety old president finds her stammering, unprofessional endorsements to be refreshingly honest and -- more importantly -- so does the soap-buying public. In fact, the only one who doesn't like her ascent into the media is her grouchy, fragile-egoed husband (played by James Garner), who can't stand the thought of his own wife having a job -- it's just too much of a blow to his masculinity, and besides, who will raise the kids if mommy goes to work? The depth and sheer matter-of-factness to the sexism in this pre-women's movement comedy will be both astounding and instructive to a modern audience, but besides all that, it's also a great vehicle for Day's bubbly, frowsy charm. Garner's character is a bit hysterical, but it's all worth it for the big payoff: his double-take during the swimming pool scene is a golden comedic moment. Scriptwriter Carl Reiner's touch is easy to pick out; Reiner also has some choice cameos as a hammy TV actor on the show that Happy Soap sponsors. There are also plenty of great early '60s character actors, such as Edward Andrews, who you may recognize from old TV re-runs and the like. [Crazy cast note: the Pamela Curran, who plays "Spot Checker," the glamorous model who was the former Happy Soap Girl, is a dead ringer for Drea de Matteo (best known as Adriana, of the Sopranos...) The likeness must be seen to be believed.] Anyway, this is a fun movie, entirely enjoyable and also a real blast of Kennedy-era camp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film for new mommies and new daddies! Feb. 23 2004
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This film has a real cute opening with Arlene Francis ("What's My Line" game show 1968-1975) and Edward Andrews (Send Me No Flowers [1964]). Nice surprise! James Garner is Arlene's doctor and Arlene invites the doctor and his wife Doris Day to celebrate. At the dinner party, they meet an excited old man who is the owner of the Happy Soap Company. They all hush to see the new Happy Soap commercial on color tv. There is the new girl naked in the bathtub explaining Happy Soap. Afterwards, Doris day begins to tell the man about how Happy Soap saved her life today. Her kids took a bath today and liked Happy Soap instead of Pine Tar. The older man gets excited and enjoys her story. He decides to make Doris, the ordinary housewife, the new spokesperson for Happy Soap in the next commercial. The commercials work and she becomes a star. However, her husband feels neglected. With her busy schedule and his schedule at the hospital, they just can't find time to be together or with the children. Also the first maid quit due to a misunderstanding and the new maid speaks German and misunderstands english. This is really a cute and funny movie and I highly recommend it to those new mommies and new daddies. The children are: Brian Nash (Please Don't Eat The Daises tv series 1965-67) and Kym Karath (Spencer's Mountain [1963], Sound Of Music [1965]). Directed by Norman Jewison, Produced by Ross Hunter and Martin Melcher. A great filming of a movie with good camera angles and one-shot moving scenes by Director of Photography Russell Metty & Associates.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated memories from childhood. Feb. 11 2004
"The Thrill Of It All" was one of my favorite childhood memories. In the days prior to wall-to-wall cable stations, there were certain films that enjoyed a regular place on the weekend matinee lineup on local TV stations. This was one of them. And the funny thing is when I originally saw it, I never thought of it as dated or sexist (this is a memory from about 28 years ago). Even though I grew up in a household where both my parents worked (and my dad never gave it a second thought since there were six of us), I merely accepted the script as a reflection of the 1963 sensibility and not my own. You really can't watch a movie that's older than you are (I'm guessing lots of you are waaay under 40) and expect it to reflect modern-day sensibilities. That said, the film is expertly written taking several stabs and jabs at the TV advertising (as well as the network) industry. Doris Day was the quintessential (and exquisitely beautiful) screen wife and mother, and James Garner was a perfect spousal foil for her. And what you had from Arlene "What's My Line" Francis was a welcome touch of class in the role of a mature expectant mother (heady stuff for 1963!) along with nervous expectant father Edward Andrews. The movie is right in line with the other 60's comedies with Hudson, Grant, and Rod Taylor- fun!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars !!! YES YES YES THE THRILL OF IT ALL IS ON DVD!!! Sept. 2 2003
By Chris
Well I was so impressed when I found this DVD and bought it on Amazon.com but I was dissapointed whne I found out that it had hardly any specail features. I mean the only specail feature was that it had the Theatrical Trailer. Which if you buy the current VHS edition it has that on it to. But they can't always get exlcusive interviews with Doris Day and James Garner I guess.
Here Is A brief description of the movie.
Doris Day and James Garner . Are a regular suburbanite couple who live in a regulay suburban are of Los Angeles. Well one day. One of James Garner's patients gets pregnant. Well she calls James Garner and asks if he and his wife can come to there house for dinner. Well while they are there The ladys father is watching a commercial for HAPPY SOAPS. Well Doris Day sees it and tells of a experience that she had early that day with her daughter. Which was as follows "Mommy that old soap smells like the cracks in the school yard, I want you to use the HAPPY SOAP. Well when Doris Day is done with the HAPPY SOAP. Her little girl says Mommy now my hair smells like my Piano Teacher". Well when the man hears that he hires Doris to be the spokeswoman for his soap. Well at the begining she only did one commercial a week.But after that she starts getting crowded with appointments . Well at the end she learns that her real place is at home.
Great Movie. 5 Star Rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it with my friends would watch it
Very comical. Another family movie. Enjoyed it with my friends would watch it again
Published 11 days ago by M. Briand
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful doris day classic
I love Doris Day and this was another great classic to watch and to enjoy with family. Highly reccomend it.
Published 7 months ago by kd
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent movie
I really enjoy this movie. One must understand that when it was made life was much different then. I was a child so I remember what family values were like. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kim locken
5.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day, need I say more?
If you an adoring Doris Day fan you'll love this film. I'm a relatively new fan of Doris Day but what a huge fan I have become. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Matheson
5.0 out of 5 stars Babys oh my
Doris day and James garner are paired up nicely in this old classic, she is an ordinary house wife and he's a doctor that delivers babies, they go for dinner at one of his patience... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2010 by Donna Laverdiere
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thrill Of it All!
I really enjoy Doris Day's movies from the 1960's. It's a light romantic comedy. And, the theme of this movie is almost 50 years old (1963) yet the same theme plays out in movies... Read more
Published on May 14 2010 by The Gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars a sunday afternoon movie
this movie may be dated but hey just sit back and enjoy it is worth it.
Published on May 3 2009 by Tara Langevin
1.0 out of 5 stars DORIS DAY
Published on Nov. 10 2007 by Donna Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated, mythical view of American Life, but Fun & enjoyable!
Hi all,
Just got done re-watching "The Thrill of It All" and here are my reactions:
First I think the film is light-hearted fun, and a great look back to the golden days... Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by Thomas Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars it smells better than the oohcky soap
this movie is truly charming buy this
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by "hott1103"
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