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Thrill of It All [VHS]
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James Garner substitutes for Rock Hudson in this hilarious Doris Day outing. Housewife Beverly Boyer (Day) happens by chance to give an executive of Happy Soap an honest appraisal of one of his company's products. Charmed by her forthright and honest manner, he makes Beverly the company spokesperson. When she becomes an advertising sensation, her husband (Garner) has to deal with the social ramifications of his wife making more money than he does. Day and Garner are both in good form, and Garner nicely portrays the mounting frustration of bewildered husband Gerald.

Gerald's refusal to accept that Beverly's new career infringes on her duties as housewife is, of course, outdated thinking today. Nevertheless, the film works and is sincerely funny. No wonder: comedian Carl Reiner cowrote the script. --Mark Savary

Customer Reviews:

  • Great film for new mommies and new daddies!
    This film has a real cute opening with Arlene Francis ("What's My Line" game show 1968-1975) and Edward Andrews (Send Me No Flowers [1964]). Nice surprise! James Garner is Arlene's doctor and Arlene invites the doctor and his wife Doris Day to celebrate. At the dinner party, they meet an excited old man who is the owner of the Happy Soap Company. They all hush to see the new Happy Soap commercial on color tv. There is the new girl naked in the bathtub explaining Happy Soap. Afterwards, Doris day begins to tell the man about how Happy Soap saved her life today. Her kids took a bath today and liked Happy Soap instead of Pine Tar. The older man gets excited and enjoys her story. He decides to make Doris, the ordinary housewife, the new spokesperson for Happy Soap in the next commercial. The commercials work and she becomes a star. However, her husband feels neglected. With her busy schedule and his schedule at the hospital, they just can't find time to be together or with the children. Also the first maid quit due to a misunderstanding and the new maid speaks German and misunderstands english. This is really a cute and funny movie and I highly recommend it to those new mommies and new daddies. The children are: Brian Nash (Please Don't Eat The Daises tv series 1965-67) and Kym Karath (Spencer's Mountain [1963], Sound Of Music [1965]). Directed by Norman Jewison, Produced by Ross Hunter and Martin Melcher. A great filming of a movie with good camera angles and one-shot moving scenes by Director of Photography Russell Metty & Associates....more info
  • Non-Stop Fun
    I had never seen this film before purchasing it, but took a chance that I would like it as much as everything else I have seen with Doris Day; I wasn't disappointed. Doris Day and James Garner were great together, it left me wishing that they had made more films together. I had expected it to be cute and fun but I didn't think I would be laughing so much! If your a fan of Doris Day or James Garner then you really can't lose with this movie....more info
  • I just love this movie
    I just love this movie. It is funny and entertaining. Doris Day does such a wonderful job in it and I just love this little girl. She reminds me of my daughter so much. this is definitely one that I would recommend to anybody. You won't be disappointed....more info
  • relies on Doris Day's charm
    This movie basically relies on Doris Day's charm to make the movie work. James Garner just isn't that charming, he just doesn't have that chemistry that Doris Day used to have with Rock Hudson. I felt that the plot was a little old fashioned. I enjoyed it for what it was but I wouldn't watch it again. It was still a fun movie to watch especially the scene where the whole house fills up with soap suds. That was hilarious....more info
  • Sophisticated memories from childhood.
    "The Thrill Of It All" was one of my favorite childhood memories. In the days prior to wall-to-wall cable stations, there were certain films that enjoyed a regular place on the weekend matinee lineup on local TV stations. This was one of them. And the funny thing is when I originally saw it, I never thought of it as dated or sexist (this is a memory from about 28 years ago). Even though I grew up in a household where both my parents worked (and my dad never gave it a second thought since there were six of us), I merely accepted the script as a reflection of the 1963 sensibility and not my own. You really can't watch a movie that's older than you are (I'm guessing lots of you are waaay under 40) and expect it to reflect modern-day sensibilities. That said, the film is expertly written taking several stabs and jabs at the TV advertising (as well as the network) industry. Doris Day was the quintessential (and exquisitely beautiful) screen wife and mother, and James Garner was a perfect spousal foil for her. And what you had from Arlene "What's My Line" Francis was a welcome touch of class in the role of a mature expectant mother (heady stuff for 1963!) along with nervous expectant father Edward Andrews. The movie is right in line with the other 60's comedies with Hudson, Grant, and Rod Taylor- fun!!...more info
  • An Average Doris Day & James Garner Comedy
    "The Thrill of it All" is o.k., but kind of meanders a bit due to a lack of focus in the script. I did enjoy the kids & the soap suds scene, however....more info
  • Cute Feel Good Comedy Movie!
    The Thrill Of It All is one of my favorite movies and at a tie with Pillow Talk as my favorite #1 Doris day movie and I think this is a very charming cute movie and what I think as a great feel good movie to watch when you are sick or feeling a little down in the dumps! Doris Day and James Garner are great and the kids are really cute, especially Kym Kareth who is famous for playing little Gretel Von trapp in the movie The Sound Of Music....more info
  • Dated, mythical view of American Life, but Fun & enjoyable!
    Hi all,

    Just got done re-watching "The Thrill of It All" and here are my reactions:

    First I think the film is light-hearted fun, and a great look back to the golden days of people living "The American Dream". As usual, Doris was superb as Beverly Boyer, a suburban housewife content to be home caring for her husband and two children and doing amazingly domestic activities such as bottling her own ketchup!! Wow!

    While Doris looks as I remember her, I was quite taken aback by the youthfulness of James Gardner, whom we have seen on-going on television and movies so have had the opportunity to see him "age" gracefully in front of our eyes. I couldn't surpress a chuckle when the good doctor, frustrated with growing friction with his wife, lights up a cigarette in his hospital office. That's something we pretty much won't see in a hospital these days! :)

    As much as I liked Gardner as Dr. Gerald Boyer, I wasn't too sympathetic with his disdain for his wife's decision to also take on a career. It was 1963, however, and the career woman was still more exception than the rule, so I tried to see it from that lens. The film seemed to be on the cusp of the stirrings of women entering the work force in larger numbers because when Dr. Boyer was objecting to his wife working and having a career, he was more than once referred to as a "victorian" man, in a most unflattering way. Perhaps writer Ross Hunter (producer), Carl Reiner (writer), and Norman Jewison (director) were trying to push the envelope a bit here by suggesting that women having careers was not contrary to American values of a stable homelife and happy families.

    Having said all of this, part of me yearned for the days when the world seemed a happier place and everyone lived with a "can do" attitude. I know it is myth mostly, but the early 60s were a time before the great social divides brought on by the assasination of President Kennedy and protests against the Vietnam war. America, it seems, still was living in a "Norman Rockwell" picture perfect era where most had a beautiful home, the proverbial 2.5 children, and a dog and/or cat. The romance of this rosy colored view of life is certainly an attractive escape from our modern world problems of terrorism, rampant drug abuse, poverty, and violence. Watching "Thrill of It All" was like a mini-vacation, taking us back to a time when perhaps we all felt safer, more secure, and optimistic about the endless possibilities that laid ahead for us. Since I was only 3-4 years old at the time, I know I was certainly optimistic! :)

    About casting: I think Doris and James showed great chemistry throughout the film. I think casting Arlene Francis as Mrs. Fraleigh was a bit of a stretch however, as much as I admired her presence in the film, because she was already 58 years old in real life, so the likelihood of her becoming pregnant would be almost nil. But she rose to the occasion and played the role of a pregnant rich woman to the hilt. It was a great hook for bringing Beverly and Gerald into the lives of The Fraleigh's and their elderly father, the founder of Happy soap, thus providing the backdrop for further escapades! All quibbling aside, I think Arlene was fun in the role. A small note: Arlene died 3 years ago this month in San Francisco of complications from Alzheimers and cancer.

    I really enjoyed watching the cars in this film. The cars added an additional element of nostalgia as I looked back at America's earlier vehicles. I was thinking the film had been made in early 1960, but as the limo driving the Fraleighs to the hospital gets stuck in a traffic jam, and Mr. Fraleigh keeps asking this aggressive man for a shoe lace or an unused newspaper, my eyes did a double take! The guy in the car next to them was driving a 1963 or 1964 Mercury Monterey with the "breezeway" window in the back. That was my Grandfather's last car, he died in 1965 or 4, can't remember now, and my Gram kept using the car into the early 70s. Because I was particularly close to my Gram, seeing the car again touched my heart and made me smile.

    I'm sure most of my women friends would disagree with the film's premise that babies are what give women purpose in life, but one can certainly enjoy the romantic fun at the end of the film as the Boyers decide to make good on Mr. Boyer's promise to bring a baby home if "mommy helped with it". I couldn't help laughing at the twin beds in the Boyer's bedroom however, which begged the question "how easy was it to make babies in a space so little?" :-)

    All in all a fun escapist comedy, highly recommended if for nothing else than Doris' classic facial responses to goings-on around her. It's time to get your own copy of the film and see what a "The Thrill of It All" it really is.

    Tom...more info

  • Doris Day at her best!
    There are a lot of hilarious inside jokes in this divine comedy.And the filming is done so beautifully, all the colors come alive. There is a genuine chemistry between these two film ledgends (James Garner is so much hotter than Rock Hudson and much more believable to watch when paired with Day).This is the consumate Doris Day romantic comedy, and it's actually funny in a grown up, PG rated kinda way. And it has TONS of bubbles in my favorite scene. What's not to love???...more info
  • A STEP BACK IN BETTER TIMES
    I found my treasured movie in a reduced, to be discarded dvd bin at Walmart about three months ago for the bargain price of $5.00. Being a teen in this era, I loved, & still do enjoy watching James Garner & Doris Day movies. Although the story line maybe a bit corney, it is still refreshing to be able to watch this movie with a preteen. Over all, I found "The Thrill of it all" was quite entertaining & I laughed out loud when the car went into the sudsy pool....more info
  • The Thrill Of It All
    A disappointment for sure. With James Garner in it I thought Doris had a sure hit. Except for a few funny moments the picture was one I'm sure Doris and James would like to forget, I will....more info
  • Love It!!!
    This is a fabulous movie. Great plot, cute kids, clean humor (even the adult parts) without being cheesy and old fashioned. This is my absolute favorite Doris Day movie. Every actor, including the kids, pulls it off so believably. I highly recommend this movie for every Doris Day or James Garner fan and even those who aren't. ...more info
  • A great value, comedy DVD with original trailer!
    I have to give this DVD 5/5 - for the fact it's amazingly great value for money. The picture quality was superb and even though it says it's widescreen the picture is almost FULL screen size so the images were as large as life. As a bonus you also get to see the trailer which was cute.

    Anyhow, for those who don't know James Garner plays an obstetrician and Doris Day is the ultimate "stay-at-home Mom", until that is she becomes the face of "Happy" soap, much to the dislike of her husband !

    This fast paced, screwball comedy follows the couple's marital mayhem including that unforgettable scene with that car in that pool of bubbles. Simply wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info

  • A classic Doris Day gem... fun movie!
    A hip and happening Doris Day comedy in which the girl next door becomes a media sensation. Doris stars, not surprisingly, as a wholesomely sexy suburban housewife who is hired to become the spokesperson for the Happy Soap company, because Happy Soap's crotchety old president finds her stammering, unprofessional endorsements to be refreshingly honest and -- more importantly -- so does the soap-buying public. In fact, the only one who doesn't like her ascent into the media is her grouchy, fragile-egoed husband (played by James Garner), who can't stand the thought of his own wife having a job -- it's just too much of a blow to his masculinity, and besides, who will raise the kids if mommy goes to work? The depth and sheer matter-of-factness to the sexism in this pre-women's movement comedy will be both astounding and instructive to a modern audience, but besides all that, it's also a great vehicle for Day's bubbly, frowsy charm. Garner's character is a bit hysterical, but it's all worth it for the big payoff: his double-take during the swimming pool scene is a golden comedic moment. Scriptwriter Carl Reiner's touch is easy to pick out; Reiner also has some choice cameos as a hammy TV actor on the show that Happy Soap sponsors. There are also plenty of great early '60s character actors, such as Edward Andrews, who you may recognize from old TV re-runs and the like. [Crazy cast note: the Pamela Curran, who plays "Spot Checker," the glamorous model who was the former Happy Soap Girl, is a dead ringer for Drea de Matteo (best known as Adriana, of the Sopranos...) The likeness must be seen to be believed.] Anyway, this is a fun movie, entirely enjoyable and also a real blast of Kennedy-era camp....more info
  • 1960's Comedy About A Housewife Turned Advertising Icon
    Director Norman Jewison is known for directing "The Russians are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" (1966), "In The Heat of the Night" (1967) and "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971), to name a few. Before those films, he directed his second feature film, "The Thrill of it All", in 1963. Co-written by Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner, the film is a comedic tale about an ordinary housewife, Beverly Boyer (Doris Day), who becomes an advertising icon for a fictitious soap that is named "Happy Soap". This transformation occurs following a dinner party attended by her and her husband, Dr. Gerald Boyer (James Garner), where she makes several honest and sincere comments about Happy Soap. Also attending the dinner party were the company's owners: Old Tom Fraleigh (Reginald Owen, better known as Admiral Boom in the 1964 film "Mary Poppins") and his son Gardiner Fraleigh (Edward Andrews). Initially, Beverly is asked to only appear in a single TV commercial, but the number of responses received encourages Tom Fraleigh to offer Beverly a long-term advertising contract. Beverly accepts, and begins making more TV commercials and her picture begins to appear on billboards everywhere. As time passes, life in and out of the Boyer home becomes increasingly disrupted with Beverly's rise to stardom prompting Gerald to become jealous of her success. He wants Beverly to return to being an ordinary housewife, but she basks in her newfound success and freedom.

    Other characters who add to the delight of this film include the Boyer's two young children: Maggie Boyer (Kym Karath, better known as Gretl von Trapp in the 1965 hit "The Sound of Music") and Andy Boyer (Brian Nash, better known as Joel Nash in the short-lived 1965 TV series "Please Don't Eat the Daisies"). As Beverly becomes too busy to be with their children, the Boyers hire a German housekeeper/nanny, Mrs. Goethe (Lucy Landau), whose lack of English fluency creates several funny moments in the film. Two of the funniest scenes in the film are when Gerald accidentally drives his car into a swimming pool (built in the Boyer's backyard at the behest of Happy Soap) and when Gerald delivers a couple's baby during a traffic jam. Zasu Pitts makes a brief appearance in the film; she died the same year the film was released. Carl Reiner also makes a cameo appearance dressed as a German soldier.

    Some who watch "The Thrill of it All" may regard its humor and story somewhat dated since very few women in the U.S. are housewives today. However, there may still be many married men jealous of their more successful wives. "The Thrill of it All" is not a perfect film, but it is still a very entertaining and well-acted comedy that continues to make many people laugh. Overall, I rate the film with 4 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it. Writer Larry Gelbart went on to write and produce the long-running TV series "M*A*S*H" (1972-1983), and Carl Reiner went on to direct films such as "Oh, God!" (1977) and "The Jerk" (1979)....more info

  • The Thrill Is Gone
    Doris Day was one of the top ten box office draws in the world throughout the late 1950s and much of the 1960s. Although she was as gifted with a dramatic role as she was with comedy, it is for the latter that she is best recalled--and where Day was concerned such comedies usually relied on a mixture of romantic and screwball comedy levened with a fair amount of farce and plenty of pratfalls. When the movies were good, they were very good, with PILLOW TALK and PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES case in point--and Day's personal charm it often made up for such weaker scripts as DO NOT DISTURB and CAPRICE.

    The latter is certainly the case with THE THRILL OF IT ALL, which ranks well down the scale from PILLOW TALK but considerably ahead of such truly awful movies as THE BALLAD OF JOSIE and WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT. In this particular outing, Day plays Beverly Boyer, married to a successful doctor (James Garner), a stay-at-home wife and mother with an upscale home, hired help, and everything a woman was expected to want or desire from the world at this particular time in American history. But disaster lies in store, and it comes in an unlikely manner.

    Her husband has helped a patient (Arlene Francis) conceive; the patient's husband (Edward Andrews) owns a soap company; and when Beverly in all innocence praises the product she is hired to become the product's spokesperson. Although she is at first clumsy, the public likes her--and the next thing she knows she is in hot demand for television commercials, photo shoots, and all the rest. Not only has she no time for her family, she has also committed the unpardonable sin of earning more money than her husband.

    Needless to say, the ideas that drive the plot are extremely dated, but very often this dated quality is part of a film's charm. But that really isn't the case here. The simple fact is that, although the film collects considerable talent, it never seems to entirely gel. Day is always very entertaining to watch, but James Garner is very much second-fiddle and in many ways reads as unsympathetic in his performance--which is very, very much "second fiddle" to Day. Ultimately, the highlight of the movie are Arlene Francis and Edward Andrews and the legendary Zasu Pitts in the small role of Day's household help.

    The film works best when it plays for broadslap stick, and in these scenes it is truly laugh-out-loud funny, but on the whole the script just doesn't really support the cast between bouts of hilarity, and everything else seems slightly forced. The DVD offers a good transfer, but there are no significant bonus materials. Recommened, but only just, and pretty much for viewers who already Day fans to begin with.

    GFT, Amazon Reviewer...more info
  • "I'm Beverly Boyer--and I'm a pig..."
    Very witty and clever comedy has ordinary housewife Doris Day(who's married to a doctor and lives in a suburban sprawl with two charming kids and a maid)getting on TV and almost by accident becoming an overnight sensation. Aside from a little dated sexism at the finale, and a sour sequence with James Garner pretending to be drunk, this is a very smooth and capable farce. The child actors are terrific, and gorgeous Doris Day having a kanipshin fit is worth the price alone....more info