Twentieth-Fox’s big 1954 grosser, Three Coins in the Fountain, is back in new dress as The Pleasure Seekers. Background has been switched to Madrid from Rome, but the basic plot structure fashioned around the romantic adventures of three American girls residing there still provides a happy storyline under the direction of Jean Negulesco, who also helmed Fountain.
Trio of young femme charmers – Ann-Margret, Carol Lynley and Pamela Tiffin – spice the events. Foiling for them romantically are Tony Franciosa, Gardner McKay and Andre Lawrence, and for complications Brian Keith.
There is the added plus of Ann-Margret warbling four songs cleffed by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, catchy and well suited to the action. One, ‘Everything Makes Music When You’re in Love,’ with actress clad in a brief bikini on a Spanish beach, affords a lively dance number.
Script by Edith Sommer based on the John H. Secondari novel interweaves the lives of the three girls who share the same Madrid apartment. Ann-Margret, ambitious to be a dancer and singer, is in love with Lawrence, a struggling Spanish doctor; Lynley, secretary to Keith, head of a big American news agency and a married man, carries a torch for him and later turns to McKay; Tiffin is all out for Franciosa, a wealthy Spanish playboy who offers everything but marriage.
Ann-Margret delivers what is perhaps her best performance to date and gets the most footage. Gene Tierney acquits herself capably as Keith’s jealous wife.