A Private's Affair


1h 32m 1959

Film Details

Also Known As
The Love Maniac
Release Date
Aug 1959
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Aug 1959
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

After Luigi Maresi, Mike Conroy and Jerry Morgan receive draft notices, they report to basic training in New Jersey. Luigi, a would-be beatnik from New York, Mike, an Oregon rancher, and Jerry, a Long Islander, are assigned to the same barracks and quickly become friends. On the night of a big party at the post Service Club, Marie, Luigi's next-door neighbor, and Louise, Jerry's childhood friend, come to the camp to visit. When Mike's nightclub dancer date stands him up, he invites Katey Mulligan, a wise cracking WAC who works in the Public Relations Department, to join him. Luigi soon finds himself attracted to Louise while Jerry is drawn to Marie. Soon after, Jim Gordon, the well-known television emcee, comes to the camp to conduct auditions for an all-Army talent contest. Jim is unimpressed until he hears a tape of Jerry, Mike and Luigi singing during KP duty and recruits them for the show. When the boys learn that they must spend one week in New York for rehearsals, Jerry and Luigi arrange to meet Marie and Louise for a date. Before leaving the camp, however, Jerry contracts laryngitis and is confined to the hospital and dosed with antihistamines. That day, Elizabeth Chapman, the first female Assistant Secretary to the Army, visits the camp and asks to tour the hospital. There, she meets her old friend, Dr. Leyden, the former Dutch Consulate. Leyden introduces the middle-aged Elizabeth to Magdalena, a six-year-old Dutch girl whose mother was killed in an automobile accident and whose ill father is facing imminent death. When Leyden explains that the girl will be sent back to Holland because her relatives there will not relinquish custody, Elizabeth decides to marry Magdalena's father before he dies, thus assuring that she will be able to remain in the United States. Before the ceremony, however, a mix-up occurs when Jerry, unconscious from his medications, is wheeled into the room instead of Magdalena's father, who dies soon after. As a result, Elizabeth unwittingly marries Jerry. After the ceremony, Jerry is briefly roused from his slumber to sign the marriage certificate, which is then sealed. The next morning, Jerry awakens, claiming that he has married the Assistant Secretary to the Army, and is sent to a psychiatrist, Maj. Hanley for treatment. After the major pronounces that Jerry was simply dreaming, Jerry flies to New York to rehearse for the show. Upon reaching the studio, however, he receives a message from the base confirming his marriage. Upset, he hurries to meet Elizabeth's plane at the airport to discuss the situation, but he is restrained from seeing her and arrested by the MPs for psychological observation. Back at the camp, Jerry convinces Hanley that he really has married Elizabeth, and the psychiatrist then releases him to return to New York. Over breakfast the following morning, the major informs Gen. Hargraves about Jerry's marriage, and Hargraves immediately contacts Elizabeth. When Elizabeth opens her sealed marriage certificate, she is amazed to learn that indeed, she has married Jerry and orders him brought to her office in Washington. As Jerry telephones Marie from the rehearsal studio, the MPs arrest him once more and whisk him away to Washington. There, Elizabeth's attorney informs a relieved Jerry that the marriage is illegal due to a number of reasons, including the fact that Jerry was drugged during the ceremony. Upon returning to the camp, Jerry is mistakenly arrested once again and taken back to Washington. Elizabeth rectifies the mistake, however, and Jerry arrives in New York justs in time to perform in the show.

Cast

Sal Mineo

Luigi Maresi

Christine Carere

Marie

Barry Coe

Jerry Morgan

Barbara Eden

Katey Mulligan

Gary Crosby

Mike Conroy

Terry Moore

Louise

Jim Backus

Jim Gordon

Jessie Royce Landis

Elizabeth Chapman

Robert Burton

Gen. Hargrave

Alan Hewitt

Maj. Hanley

Robert Denver

Mackintosh

Tige Andrews

Sgt. Pickerell

Ray Montgomery

Capt. Hickman

Rudolph Anders

Dr. Leyden

Debbie Joyce

Magdalena

Robert Montgomery Jr.

Young rookie

Dick Whittinghill

Corp. Henderson

Emerson Treacy

Mr. Walker

Maida Severn

Mrs. Hargrave

Carlyle Mitchell

Mr. Gerstader

Eric Morris

Orderly

Vince Williams

Orderly

Freeman Morse

Orderly

Harry Carter

Orderly

Al Austin

Orderly

Ken Scott

Sgt. Tevlin

Rachel Stephens

WAC nurse

Alena Murray

WAC nurse

Buck Class

Steve's assistant

Hank Mann

N.Y. mailman

Ben Bigelow

Non Com

Jerry Brent

Bellboy

James Stone

Long Island mailman

Ruby Goodwin

Maid

Leonard Graves

General's aide

Bob Bush

G. I. dancer

Ray Clark

G. I. dancer

Michael Mccoy

Sentry

Gregg Martell

Non commissioned officer

Miranda Jones

Secretary

Dolly Moore

Secretary

Gloria Tennes

Secretary

Marilyn Saris

Secretary

John Gallaudet

Surgeon General

Bess Flowers

Surgeon's General's wife

Frank Alexander

Staffman

Les Warren

Sam

Page Slattery

MP

Richard Walsh

MP

Paul Comi

MP

Hideo Imamura

MP

Brad Brown

MP

Skip Ward

MP

Michael Foster

Acrobat

Russ Nicklass

Acrobat

Billy Graeff Sr.

T.V. stage doorman

Philip Dean

Airport gate attendant

James Gonzalez

General

Tyler Mcvey

General

John Close

Combat course captain

John Macchia

Soldier

Tony Douglas

Soldier

Eric Morris

Soldier

Nicky Blair

Soldier

Roger Dollarhyde

Soldier

Warren Powers

Soldier

Craig Slocum

Soldier

John Corrydon

Soldier

Scott Beldin

Unicycle act

Don Thompson

Unicycle act

Ismael Halfass

Juggler

Robert Halfss

Juggler

Art Salter

T.V. stage hand

Gary Chamberlain

Tumbling act

Louis Nocera

Tumbling act

Anthony De Mario

T.V. stage manager

Film Details

Also Known As
The Love Maniac
Release Date
Aug 1959
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Aug 1959
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was The Love Maniac. The film opens with the following written acknowledgment: "Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank the Department of Defense and the United States Army for their assistance in the production of this motion picture." According to a March 1959 Hollywood Reporter news item, Sheree North was initially cast as "Katey Mulligan," but had to withdraw from the part when she became pregnant. A Private's Affair marked the screen debut of Bob Denver (1935-2005), who was billed as "Robert Denver" in the film. Denver became best known for his starring role as "Gilligan" on the popular 1960s television series Gilligan's Island.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1959

Barbara Eden makes her feature-film debut.

CinemaScope

Released in United States 1959