The Thrill Of It All

1963, Movie, NR, 108 mins

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Another in a surprisingly good series of romantic comedies starring Doris Day from producers Ross Hunter and Martin Melcher. This one, scripted by Carl Reiner, sees Day as the average American housewife. She is married to successful gynecologist Garner and stays home to raise their two children. When one of Garner's patients, Francis, hears Day enthusiastically rave about her new shopping discovery, "Happy Soap," a product that happens to be produced by Francis' father-in-law, Owen, she takes Day to meet the old man. He is thrilled by her freshness, honesty, and candor, and signs her to an $80,000 contract to appear in television commercials as the Happy Soap lady. Day is a big success, and soon much of her time is spent with advertising executives instead of with her family. Husband Garner is upset at these developments, and it's the last straw for him when he drives his convertible into a freshly dug swimming pool that had not been in his backyard when he left in the morning. Frustrated, he throws dozens of boxes of "Happy Soap" into the pool, and by morning the whole house is encased in bubbles. Eventually Garner hits upon a plan to bring Day back home. He, too, acts as though he is too busy to be concerned with their home life, and this unsettles Day to the point that she gives up advertising and returns home. Sixty-five-year-old ZaSu Pitts, who played the family maid, died of cancer soon after shooting was completed, bringing to an end her long and illustrious career in movies. leave a comment

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