This is a bedroom farce of split-level thinking in split-level housing. The film version of Max Shulman's bestseller is unmistakably a Leo McCarey picture. Some of the gags are elaborate and as carefully timed as a dance sequence.

This is a bedroom farce of split-level thinking in split-level housing. The film version of Max Shulman’s bestseller is unmistakably a Leo McCarey picture. Some of the gags are elaborate and as carefully timed as a dance sequence.

The plot is simple. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are the couple (two children), living in Fairfield County, Conn. They have, in the delicate phrase, drifted apart. Newman is all for drifting right back, but Woodward is so busy organizing their town into a community as neat, tidy and efficient as their modern kitchen, she can’t find the time. Enter the Temptress, or third angle of triangle. She is Joan Collins.

McCarey is working here with players – Newman, Woodward and Collins – who did only incidental film comedy up to this one. They are called upon to slam into opening doors, swing from chandeliers, do the dropped pants bit (in Newman’s case), takes and double-takes. Jack Carson, of course, is a past-master at the slow burn and volcanic reaction, and more than holds his own.

Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Leo McCarey; Producer Leo McCarey; Screenplay Claude Binyon, Leo McCarey; Camera Leon Shamroy; Editor Louis Loeffler; Music Cyril J. Mockridge; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1958. Running time: 106 MIN.

With

Paul Newman Joanne Woodward Joan Collins Jack Carson Dwayne Hickman Tuesday Weld
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