Helen Gurley Brown's how-to-do-it book for single girls is takeoff point for story by Joseph Hoffman, scripted by Joseph Heller and David R. Schwartz. Natalie Wood is Dr Helen Brown of International Institute of Advanced Marital and Pre-Marital Studies, who is target of scandal mag editor Tony Curtis. Curtis is bent on exposing her to be 23-year-old virgin without background for advising single girls about sex.

Helen Gurley Brown’s how-to-do-it book for single girls is takeoff point for story by Joseph Hoffman, scripted by Joseph Heller and David R. Schwartz. Natalie Wood is Dr Helen Brown of International Institute of Advanced Marital and Pre-Marital Studies, who is target of scandal mag editor Tony Curtis. Curtis is bent on exposing her to be 23-year-old virgin without background for advising single girls about sex.

Curtis poses as his neighbor, Henry Fonda, who has monumental wife trouble, and goes to Wood for advice. Inevitably, they fall for one another with Wood ignorant of Curtis’ identity as ogre out to ruin her career.

As usual in this type of farce, male and female leads have fewer comic lines than supporting players. But Curtis registers exceptionally well when detailing supposed marital problems to adviser. His timing in confessing to ‘inadequacies’ shows great comic talent. And one of funniest bits in pic comes when poised, self-assured ‘Dr Brown’ finds she has romantic problem of own, crumples into tears and places long-distance call to ‘Mother’.

Fonda and Bacall as warring husband and wife also serve up effective scenes as they battle over Fonda’s non-existent wild life as head of Sexy Sox Inc.

Edward Everett Horton shines as boss of Curtis’ mag, who harangues aides to make publication ‘the most disgusting scandal sheet the human mind can recall’.

Sex and the Single Girl

Production

Reynard/Warner. Director Richard Quine; Producer William T. Orr; Screenplay Joseph Heller, David R. Schwartz; Camera Charles Lang; Editor David Wages; Music Neal Hefti; Art Director Cary Odell

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1964. Running time: 114 MIN.

With

Tony Curtis Natalie Wood Henry Fonda Lauren Bacall Mel Ferrer Edward Everett Horton

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