Watch Bachelor in Paradise
- 1 hr 49 min
Bachelor in Paradise is a 1961 American romantic comedy film directed by Jack Arnold, starring Bob Hope, Lana Turner, and Janis Paige. The film was produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and features a screenplay by Valentine Davies, Hal Kanter, and Vera Caspary. The plot revolves around Adam J. Niles (Bob Hope), a famous and cynical author, who is convinced by his publisher to go to a tropical location to find inspiration for his next novel. He arrives in Acapulco and is greeted by the beautiful blond beauty queen, Vicki (Janis Paige) who happens to be stranded at the airport. She stops a taxi for Adam, who gets in and leaves her standing in the rain, thinking he'll never see her again. Soon after arriving, Adam discovers that his hotel is overrun with teenage girls participating in a chaperoned "Bachelor in Paradise" program. The girls are looking to find love and are willing to do anything they can to get noticed by the eligible bachelors staying at the hotel. Adam is initially annoyed by the raucous behavior of the girls but soon begins to use them as research for his novel. As Adam begins to get to know the various girls, he becomes enamored with one in particular â the stunning Laura Wyndham (Lana Turner). Laura is a hard-nosed businesswoman who is in Acapulco to finalize the details for a new hotel property. Adam sees Laura as the perfect subject for his novel and begins to pursue her, hoping to get closer to her and learn more about her perspectives on life and love. As the two get to know each other, they begin to form a bond, and Adam realizes that Laura is not interested in love or romance but rather in business and success. She appears cold and distant, but deep down, she is a vulnerable woman who is still hurting from a past relationship. The film is filled with laughs, romance, and beautiful scenery. Bob Hope's comedic timing is on point, and he delivers one-liners with his usual ease. In contrast, Lana Turner's performance as Laura is subdued and restrained, as she portrays a woman who is not easily swayed by flattery or charm. Janis Paige delivers an excellent performance as Vicki, the beauty queen who is looking for love, while Paula Prentiss is the highlight of the teenage girls as the nerdy, bespectacled Ethel. The film's music is composed by Henry Mancini, and the score is catchy and fun, with the classic "Bachelor in Paradise" song being the standout. Overall, Bachelor in Paradise is an entertaining romantic comedy that features a great cast, beautiful location, and a witty script. The film is a must-watch for fans of Bob Hope and fans of classic Hollywood comedies.