Go Naked in the World (1961)

103 mins | Romance | 18 January 1961

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HISTORY

In late 1958, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. optioned screen rights to Tom T. Chamales’s not-yet-published novel, The Rent in His Hand, as stated in a 26 Dec 1958 DV news item. Months later, the 15 Apr 1959 Var announced the studio’s new policy to decide the titles of optioned works that were still in galley form, if the author’s working title was deemed unsuitable “for subsequent promotion.” According to the new policy, Metro changed the title of Chamales’s novel to Go Naked in the World. Scribner published the book under that name in late Sep 1959.
       The 1 Dec 1959 DV listed Karl Malden as a likely leading man. Around the same time, news items in the 6 Jan 1960 and 21 Jan 1960 issues of DV stated that Dina Merrill was under consideration for the role of “Nick Stratton’s” ex-girlfriend and Robert Loggia was being sought as a possible co-star.
       On 8 Feb 1960, DV reported that a pre-production unit was scheduled to begin filming in San Francisco, CA, that day. A production chart in the 19 Feb 1960 DV confirmed that principal photography began the following week, on 15 Feb 1960. Soon after, filming was halted by a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike beginning on 7 Mar 1960. An article in the 6 Mar 1960 NYT explained that the guilds were seeking a share of income studios received from selling television rights to films made after 1948, none of which currently went to actors or writers. Go Naked in the World ... More Less

In late 1958, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. optioned screen rights to Tom T. Chamales’s not-yet-published novel, The Rent in His Hand, as stated in a 26 Dec 1958 DV news item. Months later, the 15 Apr 1959 Var announced the studio’s new policy to decide the titles of optioned works that were still in galley form, if the author’s working title was deemed unsuitable “for subsequent promotion.” According to the new policy, Metro changed the title of Chamales’s novel to Go Naked in the World. Scribner published the book under that name in late Sep 1959.
       The 1 Dec 1959 DV listed Karl Malden as a likely leading man. Around the same time, news items in the 6 Jan 1960 and 21 Jan 1960 issues of DV stated that Dina Merrill was under consideration for the role of “Nick Stratton’s” ex-girlfriend and Robert Loggia was being sought as a possible co-star.
       On 8 Feb 1960, DV reported that a pre-production unit was scheduled to begin filming in San Francisco, CA, that day. A production chart in the 19 Feb 1960 DV confirmed that principal photography began the following week, on 15 Feb 1960. Soon after, filming was halted by a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike beginning on 7 Mar 1960. An article in the 6 Mar 1960 NYT explained that the guilds were seeking a share of income studios received from selling television rights to films made after 1948, none of which currently went to actors or writers. Go Naked in the World was one of two MGM pictures forced to cease production, in addition to Butterfield 8 (1960, see entry). An agreement was reached between the studios and the guilds on 8 Apr 1960, as reported in the following day’s NYT. Filming on Go Naked in the World resumed 14 Apr 1960, according that day’s DV. In the meantime, novelist Tom Chamales died in a fire at his apartment, the 21 Mar 1960 NYT reported.
       Production was scheduled to move to Mexico in mid-May 1960, where location shooting was slated to take place in Acapulco and Mexico City, as noted in 28 Apr 1960 and 9 May 1960 DV items. An 18 May 1960 Var brief named Walter Strohm as a crew member, and stated that filming would also be done in Taxco and Cuernavaca. In the small town of Pie de la Cuesta, a town hall, a school, and a church were repainted for use in the film, according to the 23 May 1960 DV.
       Principal photography ended on 3 Jun 1960, as stated in that day’s DV. The following month, re-shoots were conducted on the MGM studio lot in Los Angeles, CA, beginning on 19 Jul 1960, according to the next day’s DV. On 27 Jul 1960, Var indicated that Gina Lollobrigida’s double, Martha Reynolds, was currently standing in for the actress for re-shoots in Mexico City.
       Critical reception was markedly negative. Following a string of bad reviews in New York-based publications, an article in the 15 Mar 1961 Var stated that industry insiders were having a hard time recalling “prior instances of a major release being so badly reviewed in the dailies.” Some condemned the picture for its vulgarity, and a group of ministers protested the film when it showed at a Memphis, TN, theater, leading to a meeting called by the mayor to discuss film censorship issues, as noted in the 21 Feb 1961 DV. A motion to ban the film in Ireland was later defeated by seven votes to six, according to a 13 Sep 1961 Var news brief.
       The following performers were listed as cast members in DV items published between Nov 1959 and May 1960: Mort Sahl; singer Joni James; Harold Goodwin; and Ricky Vera. Zena Provendie served as Gina Lollobrigida’s voice coach, the 14 Apr 1960 LAT stated. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Dec 1958
p. 2.
Daily Variety
8 Apr 1959
p. 35.
Daily Variety
30 Sep 1959
p. 11.
Daily Variety
10 Nov 1959
p. 2.
Daily Variety
1 Dec 1959
p. 2.
Daily Variety
6 Jan 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 Jan 1960
p. 12.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 Feb 1960
p. 6.
Daily Variety
26 Feb 1960
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
2 Mar 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
7 Mar 1960
p. 4.
Daily Variety
12 Apr 1960
p. 3.
Daily Variety
14 Apr 1960
p. 1, 7.
Daily Variety
28 Apr 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
5 May 1960
p. 8.
Daily Variety
9 May 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
10 May 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 May 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
13 May 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
23 May 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
3 Jun 1960
p. 10.
Daily Variety
5 Jul 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
6 Jul 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
20 Jul 1960
p. 3.
Daily Variety
16 Jan 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
31 Jan 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
21 Feb 1961
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
28 Feb 1961
p. 1, 4.
Daily Variety
10 Mar 1961
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
23 Nov 1959
Section C, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
14 Apr 1960
Section B, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
28 Apr 1960
Section B, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
4 Feb 1961
Section A, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
9 Feb 1961
Section B, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
29 Nov 1961
Section B, p. 11.
New York Times
6 Mar 1960.
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New York Times
21 Mar 1960.
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New York Times
9 Apr 1960.
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New York Times
10 Mar 1961.
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New York Times
11 Mar 1961.
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New York Times
19 Mar 1961.
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Variety
31 Dec 1958
p. 4.
Variety
15 Apr 1959
p. 7.
Variety
2 Mar 1960
p. 4.
Variety
18 May 1960
p. 27.
Variety
6 Jul 1960
p. 15.
Variety
13 Jul 1960
p. 4.
Variety
27 Jul 1960
p. 125.
Variety
22 Feb 1961
p. 11.
Variety
15 Mar 1961.
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Variety
13 Sep 1961
p. 78.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Col consultant
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Go Naked in the World by Tom T. Chamales (New York, 1959).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Rent in His Hands
Release Date:
18 January 1961
Premiere Information:
Minneapolis opening: 18 January 1961
Los Angeles opening: 8 February 1961
New York opening: 10 March 1961
Production Date:
15 February--7 March 1960
14 April--3 June 1960
re-shoots in mid July 1960
Copyright Claimant:
Arcola Pictures
Copyright Date:
20 December 1960
Copyright Number:
LP18983
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
103
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Following a tour of duty with the Army, wealthy Nick Stratton returns to his hometown of San Francisco, California. Torn between the desirability of keeping his independence and going to work for his devoted but dominating father in the construction business, he checks into a hotel to think things over for a few days. That night he meets and is immediately attracted to Giulietta (Julie) Cameron, unaware that she is a well-known and extremely high-priced prostitute. Eventually Nick's father, Pete, finds him and brings him home, but the peaceful reunion explodes into a violent argument when Pete once more tries to force his own way of life upon his son. Following the stormy session, Nick leaves home and returns to Julie, with whom he falls desperately in love. On the night of the Strattons' thirtieth wedding anniversary, Nick brings Julie to his parents' party and is horrified to learn that most of the men present--including his father--have had sexual relations with her. Though Nick vows never to see Julie again, he is unable to stay away, and he returns to her. Pete, however, continues to try to break up the romance, and Nick is forced to take Julie to Acapulco, Mexico. Finally convinced that Nick will never be happy without Julie, Pete visits her secretly and asks her to marry Nick. Aware that her past would always haunt their marriage, however, she pretends to be bored with the affair and sends Nick away. Once he has left, she ends her life by hurling herself into the ... +


Following a tour of duty with the Army, wealthy Nick Stratton returns to his hometown of San Francisco, California. Torn between the desirability of keeping his independence and going to work for his devoted but dominating father in the construction business, he checks into a hotel to think things over for a few days. That night he meets and is immediately attracted to Giulietta (Julie) Cameron, unaware that she is a well-known and extremely high-priced prostitute. Eventually Nick's father, Pete, finds him and brings him home, but the peaceful reunion explodes into a violent argument when Pete once more tries to force his own way of life upon his son. Following the stormy session, Nick leaves home and returns to Julie, with whom he falls desperately in love. On the night of the Strattons' thirtieth wedding anniversary, Nick brings Julie to his parents' party and is horrified to learn that most of the men present--including his father--have had sexual relations with her. Though Nick vows never to see Julie again, he is unable to stay away, and he returns to her. Pete, however, continues to try to break up the romance, and Nick is forced to take Julie to Acapulco, Mexico. Finally convinced that Nick will never be happy without Julie, Pete visits her secretly and asks her to marry Nick. Aware that her past would always haunt their marriage, however, she pretends to be bored with the affair and sends Nick away. Once he has left, she ends her life by hurling herself into the sea. +

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