That Funny Feeling (1965)

93 mins | Comedy | 25 August 1965

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HISTORY

On 23 Aug 1963, DV announced that Universal Pictures had purchased rights to film a second story by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore, who wrote the studio’s previous romantic comedy, Send Me No Flowers (1964, see entry). An 18 Nov 1963 DV news report indicated that the script, written by Stephen Kandel, had been added to the production slate of producer Elliott Kastner. Items in the 27 Nov 1963 Var and 30 Jan 1964 DV stated that George Maharis and James Darren were considered for the leading male role. A few months later, however, the 12 Mar 1964 DV issue reported the signing of Gene Kelly to direct a new screenplay by David R. Schwartz.
       Shortly thereafter, Sandra Dee agreed to play “Joan Howell,” with Warren Beatty as her intended co-star. However, the 12 Aug 1964 DV revealed that Beatty was also to be involved through his company, Tatira Productions, and insisted on top billing. Dee refused to relinquish first credit, and after significant negotiations, Beatty withdrew from the picture altogether. According to a 28 Dec 1965 DV item, Kastner also left Universal around this time, and he was replaced by Send Me No Flowers producer Harry Keller. Meanwhile, Dee’s husband, actor-singer Bobby Darin, accepted the role of “Tom Milford,” marking their third onscreen pairing following Come September (1961, see entry) and If a Man Answers (1962, see entry). A 15 Sep 1964 DV news item reported that Richard Thorpe had assumed directing duties after Kelly was also forced to bow out due to ... More Less

On 23 Aug 1963, DV announced that Universal Pictures had purchased rights to film a second story by Norman Barasch and Carroll Moore, who wrote the studio’s previous romantic comedy, Send Me No Flowers (1964, see entry). An 18 Nov 1963 DV news report indicated that the script, written by Stephen Kandel, had been added to the production slate of producer Elliott Kastner. Items in the 27 Nov 1963 Var and 30 Jan 1964 DV stated that George Maharis and James Darren were considered for the leading male role. A few months later, however, the 12 Mar 1964 DV issue reported the signing of Gene Kelly to direct a new screenplay by David R. Schwartz.
       Shortly thereafter, Sandra Dee agreed to play “Joan Howell,” with Warren Beatty as her intended co-star. However, the 12 Aug 1964 DV revealed that Beatty was also to be involved through his company, Tatira Productions, and insisted on top billing. Dee refused to relinquish first credit, and after significant negotiations, Beatty withdrew from the picture altogether. According to a 28 Dec 1965 DV item, Kastner also left Universal around this time, and he was replaced by Send Me No Flowers producer Harry Keller. Meanwhile, Dee’s husband, actor-singer Bobby Darin, accepted the role of “Tom Milford,” marking their third onscreen pairing following Come September (1961, see entry) and If a Man Answers (1962, see entry). A 15 Sep 1964 DV news item reported that Richard Thorpe had assumed directing duties after Kelly was also forced to bow out due to his contractual commitment to Beau Geste (1966, see entry).
       Various contemporary sources, including a 23 Oct 1964 DV production chart, noted that principal photography began 15 Oct 1964. Exterior filming was completed first in New York City while Keller was there doing location work for Mirage (1965, see entry), before the unit returned to the studio facilities in Universal City, CA.
       An 18 Nov 1964 DV casting item claimed Beverly Adams appeared in the picture, but her participation could not be confirmed.
       According to a 30 Dec 1964 Var brief, Darin also composed the score with his longtime musical arranger, Richard Wess.
       A “National Boxoffice Survey” in the 18 Aug 1965 issue of Var indicated that That Funny Feeling had already opened in Kansas City, MO, and Louisville, KY. The picture was released in Los Angeles, CA, on 25 Aug 1965, and on 20 Oct 1965 in New York City, where it played as a double-feature with Universal’s Fluffy (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Aug 1963
p. 1.
Daily Variety
18 Nov 1963
p. 1.
Daily Variety
30 Jan 1964
p. 2.
Daily Variety
12 Mar 1964
p. 3.
Daily Variety
12 Aug 1964
p. 1.
Daily Variety
15 Sep 1964
p. 3.
Daily Variety
25 Sep 1964
p. 10.
Daily Variety
7 Oct 1964
p. 6.
Daily Variety
23 Oct 1964
p. 11.
Daily Variety
18 Nov 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
28 Jul 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
28 Dec 1965
p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
1 Sep 1964
Section F, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
22 Aug 1965
Section N, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
27 Aug 1965
Section C, p. 9.
New York Times
21 Oct 1965
p. 57.
Variety
27 Nov 1963
p. 7.
Variety
30 Dec 1964
p. 37.
Variety
18 Aug 1965
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
In charge of prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns des
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Matte supv
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Dial coach
SOURCES
SONGS
"That Funny Feeling," words and music by Bobby Darin
sung by Bobby Darin.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 August 1965
Premiere Information:
Kansas City and Louisville opening: mid-August 1965
Los Angeles opening: 25 August 1965
New York opening: 20 October 1965
Production Date:
began 15 October 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
18 September 1965
Copyright Number:
LP33413
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
93
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Aspiring actress Joan Howell, who makes a living as a maid, has a number of accidental encounters with Tom Milford, a New York City publishing company executive. After their third such meeting, she invites him to her apartment, but, ashamed of her one-room residence, she borrows the apartment of one of her employers whom she has never seen. Tom (who is the employer) cancels a trip and is surprised to see Joan in his own apartment, but he goes along with the ruse and moves in with his partner, Harvey. Eventually, each discovers the other's identity, but neither reveals the truth. Joan decides to play a trick on Tom and invites his former girl friends to a party, asking them to dress as prostitutes. The police raid the party, and as they are headed for jail, Joan accepts Tom's marriage ... +


Aspiring actress Joan Howell, who makes a living as a maid, has a number of accidental encounters with Tom Milford, a New York City publishing company executive. After their third such meeting, she invites him to her apartment, but, ashamed of her one-room residence, she borrows the apartment of one of her employers whom she has never seen. Tom (who is the employer) cancels a trip and is surprised to see Joan in his own apartment, but he goes along with the ruse and moves in with his partner, Harvey. Eventually, each discovers the other's identity, but neither reveals the truth. Joan decides to play a trick on Tom and invites his former girl friends to a party, asking them to dress as prostitutes. The police raid the party, and as they are headed for jail, Joan accepts Tom's marriage proposal. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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