Lover Come Back
[A] springy and sprightly surprise...one of the brightest, most satiric comedies since ‘It Happened One Night’...the funniest picture of the year.
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Lover Come Back
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‘Lover Come Back’ was the second comedy teaming of Doris Day with Rock Hudson, on the heels of their huge 1959 hit, Pillow Talk. Day and Hudson play rival advertising executives who vie for an account that doesn’t exist, dreamed up by Hudson to throw Day off the track, further complicated by their romantic entanglement. Screenwriters Stanley Shapiro (who won an Oscar for ‘Pillow Talk’) and Paul Henning concocted a witty scenario with deft sight gags, targeting the influence of Madison Avenue in the era, and their original screenplay was Oscar-nominated in 1961. Day, Hudson, and a winning supporting cast including Tony Randall, Edie Adams and Jack Kruschen are all at the top of their game, nimbly directed by Delbert Mann. The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther raved about “…this springy and sprightly surprise, which is one of the brightest, most satiric comedies since ‘It Happened One Night.’ The Times also celebrated the box office smash as “the funniest picture of the year.”
Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning
Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack Oakie, Jack Kruschen
Nominee, Best Writing (Original Screenplay), Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Supporting Actor, Golden Globes
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