The Pleasure of His Company


1h 55m 1961

Brief Synopsis

Playboy Fred Astaire returns home to attend his daughter's wedding and falls in love all over again with his ex-wife, Lilli Palmer.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Jun 1961
Production Company
Paramount Pictures; Perlsea Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Pleasure of His Company by Samuel Taylor, Cornelia Otis Skinner (New York, 22 Oct 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

After an absence of 15 years, international playboy Biddeford "Pogo" Poole returns unexpectedly to San Francisco for the wedding of his daughter Jessica. Though the young girl is immediately captivated by her father's savoir faire, her mother, Pogo's ex-wife, Kate, remains skeptically aloof. In the few remaining days before the wedding, Pogo takes over the household, rearranges the nuptial plans, and escorts Jessica on a whirlwind tour of the city. Overwhelmed by her father's charm, Jessica begins quarreling with her comparatively dull and unsophisticated rancher fiancé, Roger Henderson. Delighted by the turn of events, Pogo concentrates on wrecking both Jessica's pending marriage and Kate's current one to her second husband, wealthy industrialist Jim Dougherty. When Pogo sprains his arm at Roger's ranch, Jessica has a stormy argument with Roger, cancels the wedding, and announces that she is going around the world with her father in order to comfort him "in his old age." Hurt and dismayed by the implications of this declaration, Pogo insists that the wedding proceed, and when it is over he leaves town, taking with him Kate's treasured childhood portrait of Jessica and Jim's prized Chinese houseboy, Toy. All agree, however, that these deprivations are a small price to pay for having had the pleasure of Pogo Poole's company.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Adaptation
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Jun 1961
Production Company
Paramount Pictures; Perlsea Co.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Pleasure of His Company by Samuel Taylor, Cornelia Otis Skinner (New York, 22 Oct 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in San Francisco.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 1961

Released in United States Summer July 1961