The Thrill of It All (1963)

The Thrill of It All
Directed by Norman Jewison
Written by Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart
1963/USA
Ross Hunter Productions/Arwin Productions
First viewing/Netflix rental

Dr. Gerald Boyer: I’m the kind of a husband who likes to see his wife. Not staring at him from a billboard, or looking up at him from a magazine ad. I want to see her, and I want to see here in person and often.

I found it difficult to laugh very hard at a comedy whose main point seems to be that a wife’s place is in the home.

Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) and her obstetrician husband Gerald (James Garner) have the idyllic marriage, complete with two adorable small children.  Although they have a live-in housekeeper (Zasu Pitts), Beverly keeps busy cooking and making her own ketchup.  One day at a party she inadvertently endorses the host’s brand of soap and ends up becoming the company’s spokesperson.

Beverly’s new job makes her better paid than Gerald and takes her away from the family even more that his night deliveries.  Hilarity ensues as the couple squabble.

I like Day and Garner and they have excellent chemistry.  It’s just hard to get behind a plot that keeps teaching Day over and over that “doctor’s wife” is a fulfilling career in itself.

2 thoughts on “The Thrill of It All (1963)

  1. I love Doris Day but she was in a lot of DUMB MOVIES!

    A Touch of Mink comes to mind, but it’s not without its charm. I find it watchable and it’s fun to yell at the screen at some of the really really dumb stuff.

    But The Thrill Of It All is not quite dumb enough to be charming, but it’s far too dumb (an also unfortunately a bit dull) to be an interesting movie. That scene where the company installs a pool in the backyard during the day is SO DUMB! James Garner drives right into the pool when he comes home because it’s dark and he doesn’t know that a pool has been installed in the place where he usually parks his car … WHAT KIND OF A DINGDONG LETS THE COMPANY INSTALL A POOL IN A FEW HOURS WITHOUT MENTIONING IT TO HER HUSBAND?!?!?

    I also hate Pillow Talk.

    The one I really like from the kind of movie Doris Day is famous for is The Glass Bottom Boat. Dom Deluise and Paul Lynde!

    My favorite Doris Day movie is Calamity Jane, and I also like Midnight Lace and The Man Who Knew Too Much a lot.

    • If you haven’t tried it, you should see The Pajama Game. That might be my favorite. Also very good in Young Man with a Horn and Storm Warning.

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