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The Thrill of The Thrill of It All
This and Calamity Jane are my favorite Doris Day movies! They're wholesome and, while very predictable, pure entertainment without bringing you down like so many movies made today that are dark and filmed in gray, dismal colors. Since I grew up watching many of her movies on television, seeing them again makes me happy even if I'm feeling down! Doris Day is a treasure to so many people and I'm so thankful for the many years of hard work she put into her songs and film! Thank you TCM for highlighting this wonderful performer!
Even Homer nodded...
- Thomas Anthony DiMaggio
Let me say at the outset that I am a HUGE (male) fan of both Doris Day and James Garner (I have been known to schedule appointments around TCM showings of "Midnight Lace" and "Support Your Local Sheriff/Gunfighter"); but I LOATHE this film with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns. Critiquing it from a standpoint of basic human decency would be like analyzing a sketch by the late Benny Hill from a feminist perspective -- one simply wouldn't know where to begin. But, here goes. Try to imagine that the female lead was played by a leading African-American actress of that era, such as Cicely Tyson, Ruby Dee, or Claudia McNeil, and that, instead of being Garner's wife, she was his housekeeper. After she "hits it big" on TV, she is incessantly chastised, both by Garner and the tone of the film itself, for daring to put her own life and ambitions ahead of her sacred responsibilities to clean Garner's house, cook his meals, and tend to his bratty children. She is also told -- again and again and again -- that it Simply Isn't Right for a black woman to earn more than a white man. Now, someone please tell me: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY SCENARIO AND THE ACTUAL FILM?
Thrills Me Every Time
I love this film. Day and Garner make a magical couple with great screen chemistry. It's a bit dated in it's denuement but the battle over money is ALWAYS a popular topic. Nice guest appearance by Zasu Pitts. Plus wonderful spoofs of early live TV via Carl Reiner!
call me an ass but i like james garner.
james garner was a great acting talent who proved being in television was not like breaking rocks in prison. he was more than good enough to win an academy award based on ability. he just happened to be one of the best looking guys on the planet. this man stood up for himself within the business and help put a lot of money in the pockets of the actors in the here and now. this was a man of some character and charm. it is an insult to remember him only for a movie in which an elf on the shelf come to life hit the lottery. put that in your notebooks.
the thrill of it all
- kevin sellers
Hit and miss comedy with the hits mostly centering on James Garner's talent for comic humiliation. The misses include insufferably adorable kids, a senile butler, a caricatured psychiatrist, toothless satire of TV (movies loved to put themselves above the newer medium, usually coming off as hypocritical and self serving in the process) and, of course, the big miss being the ignorant message that woman's work is subordinate to man's. I know I should check my politics at the door when watching a film, and maybe if this film had been funnier or better directed (it has the look of a 60s sit com, thanks to the usually pedestrian Norman Jewison) I would have, but as it is, with the feminist movement against sexist crap like this less than ten years in the future, I can only categorize this movie as appealing to the male old fart in all of us. Give it a C.
Still the best!
This evening Ben Mankieweitz, while introducing "The Thrill of it All", said Doris Day was the biggest money -making star of her day and that whenever any of her films came out, it was guaranteed that movie-goers would line up around the block to see the film. You know what? I am 71 and would do that today. Even though I own most of her films on VHD or DVD, I still take the time to watch all of her films every single time they are shown by TCM. I am so glad she is still with us. What a wonderful actress, dancer, singer. All her films; comedy, musical, or dramatic are great. Please TCM, keep showing all of her films.
The Thrill of it All
- Michael Whitty
Everything's fine in the James Garner- Doris Day house until she gets picked to be a TV spokesperson for "Happy Soap" commercials. It's only one day a week...but its $1500 a week. But Dr. James Garner is against it and trouble starts when the TV people give Doris a new swimming pool and Garner gets mad and kicks the detergent into the pool and the next morning there are "suds" all over the house. Directed colorfully by Norman Jewison, who began his Hollywood career the same year with "40 Pounds of Trouble" with Tony Curtis, here was a romantic comedy that's one of the best although Jewison would later top this years later with "Moonstruck". But for the late 50s and early 60s Doris Day was the number one female star and "The Thrill of it All" was another of her winners.
the thrill of it all
- michael whitty
Doris Day at her merriest. Married to doctor James Garner but Doris is discovered as a TV ad girl and trys to make the most of it despite objections from her husband. A bright and funny comedy especially when James Garner drives his convertible into his swimming pool.
This is a very funny movie. It also has some very sweet loving moments between Day and Garner. The kids are adorable without being annoyingly cute like some movie kids.
Doris Day night on TCM 4/3/14
Dear TCM, I noticed that you aren't showing "Midnight Lace" tonight, not even at Midnight (ha, ha), in spite of this being Doris Day's 90th birthday celebration. Why not? I've noticed that you've shown tantalizing ads w/clips of it recently, but are not showing tonight- does this make any sense?! Instead, you're showing TWO back-to-back silly comedies w/James Garner, made the same year (1963). What gives? How about a little variety, please? Since this film is not out on DVD (or even VHS?), it makes it especially important that you show it more often. It would show Doris Day's acting versatility, instead of just her comedies & musicals all the time. C'mon TCM, vary your programming w/the big stars!Sincerely,Nicholas
Fine Actress - Always makes you feel good
I've always admired Ms. Day and think she has always been underrated as a fine actress. She did it all - musicals, drama, and her forte - comedy - with an ease and grace that has certainly been forgotten in today's Hollywood and in Hollywood films of the 21st century. It seems that I go to her films whenever I am feeling down as her roles were either upbeat or made you feel that she could overcome anything. She seems well-grounded and just an overall well-adjusted 'star' but without all of the pomp and stuffiness that you see from Hollywood today. She shines far above the crowd when it comes to being a true Hollywood legend. Thanks, TCM for continually showing her films.
Not the best
- Jack The Hat
I first saw Doris Day in "Romance On The High Seas" and I became a Doris Day fan. This film was not one of her best--Jim Garner is a miss-match. Doris over all was a greater actress then a singer but don't get me wrong Doris could sing. I avoid watching this film when it runs on television.
Thank you, Doris Day!
- Vann Norris
Doris is a very classy, talented, and comedic actress. I have most of her films in my movie library. I recently purchased her book, "Doris Day: Her Own Story". I was dissapointed that she did not comment in detail about her relationship with Ronald Reagan. I also would like to meet her in person. I thoroughly enjoy her music and listen to "Possess Me" daily. I wish her all of life's treasures. Thank you for sharing your talents. May God always abundantly bless you and keep you in His divine care.
- Shirley Blanton
Doris Day is one of our best actresses and at my age I still thank the world of that woman and sure wish that I could meet her. She is a wonderful person.Shirley