Carry on Archaeologist might be an apt sub-title for this frivolous, farcical concoction about a British bone specialist (dinosaur variety) who is irresistibly attractive to the predatory modern American female.

Carry on Archaeologist might be an apt sub-title for this frivolous, farcical concoction about a British bone specialist (dinosaur variety) who is irresistibly attractive to the predatory modern American female.

Frank Tashlin directed from his own screenplay, written with Budd Grossman, who wrote the play. Terry-Thomas is the archaeology professor situated in California, where he is on the verge of wedlock with a roving fashion designer (Celeste Holm) who is abroad on business as the nuptial date aproaches. T-T’s path to the altar is complicated by: (1) the unscheduled advent of Tuesday Weld, who is Holm’s daughter, unbeknownst to the prof; (2) regular invasions of his bachelor quarters by campus cuties; (3) the irresponsible advice of cynical student-neighbor Richard Beymer, who has a crush on Tuesday; (4) the singleness-of-purpose of Beymer’s dachshund, a typical bona-Fido determined to bury the professor’s prize possession – a rare dinosaur bone.

Except for Terry-Thomas, whose comic intuition and creativity is responsible for most of the merriment, it is the supporting cast, rather than the principals, that comes through on the comedy end. Neither Weld nor Beymer seems comfortably at home in farce, and the strain often shows through. Holm, a formidable light comedienne, is stuck regrettably in a rather bland role. Francesca Bellini, a well-constructed ballerina, shows a flair for comedy as an oversexed lush equipped with an instant martini kit and disposition to match.

The dachshund, incidentally, is an accomplished low comedienne.

Bachelor Flat

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Frank Tashlin; Producer Jack Cummings; Screenplay Frank Tashlin, Budd Grossman; Camera Daniel L. Fapp; Editor Hugh S. Fowler; Music John Williams; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Leland Fuller

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Tuesday Weld Richard Beymer Terry-Thomas Celeste Holm Francesca Bellini Howard McNear
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