The Thrill of It All

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"She's hoping he's ready. He's wishing she's willing."
  • Approved
  • 1963
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 6.9  (5,877)
  • 58

The Thrill of It All is a 1963 romantic comedy film that tells the story of a housewife named Beverly Boyer, who becomes a commercial spokeswoman out of her desire to lead a more fulfilling life. Beverly Boyer is played by the ever-charismatic Doris Day, while James Garner plays her husband, Dr. Gerald Boyer. Arlene Francis plays Mrs. Fraleigh, Beverly's mother.

The movie opens with the Boyer family moving into a new house in a suburban neighborhood. At first, Beverly appears to be the picture-perfect housewife, content with her role as a homemaker and raising her two children. However, when she is asked by an advertising executive to appear in a series of soap commercials, Beverly quickly becomes enamored with the thrill of stardom and the promise of a more exciting life.

Dr. Boyer is not too thrilled about his wife's newfound hobby and becomes increasingly resentful of the fact that he is left to take care of their children and home while Beverly gallivants around town filming commercials. Beverly soon becomes one of the most trusted faces in advertising and is offered a lucrative contract to endorse a brand of face cream. However, when her personal and professional lives become too entangled, Beverly begins to realize that fame and fortune may not be what she truly desires.

The Thrill of It All is a delightful and witty comedy that showcases the talents of its two leads - Doris Day and James Garner. Day gives an exceptional performance as the housewife-turned-commercial spokeswoman, infusing her character with a charming naivete and a sense of whimsy that is utterly endearing. Garner, on the other hand, plays the harried and put-upon husband with aplomb, making the most of his dry wit and impeccable timing.

In addition to the sparkling chemistry between the film's two leads, The Thrill of It All benefits from a strong supporting cast that includes the charismatic Arlene Francis as Beverly's mother, Mrs. Fraleigh, and Carl Reiner as the hilarious and frustrated director of Beverly's commercials. The film is also buoyed by an upbeat and lively soundtrack that is sure to put a smile on viewers' faces.

One of the film's standout scenes is the now-iconic bath-tub sequence in which Beverly is asked to endorse a brand of bath oil. Day's comedic timing and zany antics in this scene are truly unforgettable, and it is no surprise that it has become one of the film's most memorable moments.

Overall, The Thrill of It All is a charming and entertaining comedy that celebrates the joys and pitfalls of fame and fortune. The film's lighthearted spirit and memorable performances make it a classic of the genre and a must-see for fans of romantic comedies.

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    6.9  (5,877)
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