A Private's Affair (1959)

92-93 mins | Comedy | August 1959

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writer:

Winston Miller

Producer:

David Weisbart

Cinematographer:

Charles G. Clarke

Editor:

Dorothy Spencer

Production Designers:

Lyle Wheeler, Walter M. Simonds

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Love Maniac . The film opens with the following written acknowledgment: "Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank the Department of Defense and the United States Army for their assistance in the production of this motion picture." According to a Mar 1959 HR news item, Sheree North was initially cast as "Katey Mulligan," but had to withdraw from the part when she became pregnant. A Private's Affair marked the screen debut of Bob Denver (1935--2005), who was billed as "Robert Denver" in the film. Denver became best known for his starring role as "Gilligan" on the popular 1960s television series Gilligan's Island ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Love Maniac . The film opens with the following written acknowledgment: "Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank the Department of Defense and the United States Army for their assistance in the production of this motion picture." According to a Mar 1959 HR news item, Sheree North was initially cast as "Katey Mulligan," but had to withdraw from the part when she became pregnant. A Private's Affair marked the screen debut of Bob Denver (1935--2005), who was billed as "Robert Denver" in the film. Denver became best known for his starring role as "Gilligan" on the popular 1960s television series Gilligan's Island . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Aug 1959.
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Daily Variety
22 Jul 59
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Jul 59
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Mar 59
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 59
p. 1, 12
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 59
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 59
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 59
p. 34.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 59
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jul 59
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
14 Jun 1959.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 Jul 59
p. 348.
New York Times
15 Aug 59
p. 8.
Variety
22 Jul 59
p. 6.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Robert Denver
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d unit dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Stills
Gaffer
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Props
Asst props
COSTUMES
Cost des
DANCE
Dances staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hair styles
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Dial dir
Best boy
Best boy
Head grip
Boom man
Cable man
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"It's the Same Old Army," "If You're Willing to Be Mine" and "36-24-36" words and music by Jimmy McHugh, Ray Livingston and Ray Evans.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Love Maniac
Release Date:
August 1959
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 August 1959
Production Date:
late March--early May 1959
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 July 1959
Copyright Number:
LP14428
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Lenses/Prints
lenses by Bausch & Lomb
Duration(in mins):
92-93
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19336
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Luigi Maresi, Mike Conroy and Jerry Morgan receive draft notices, they report to basic training in New Jersey. Luigi, a would-be beatnik from New York, Mike, an Oregon rancher, and Jerry, a Long Islander, are assigned to the same barracks and quickly become friends. On the night of a big party at the post Service Club, Marie, Luigi's next-door neighbor, and Louise, Jerry's childhood friend, come to the camp to visit. When Mike's nightclub dancer date stands him up, he invites Katey Mulligan, a wise cracking WAC who works in the Public Relations Department, to join him. Luigi soon finds himself attracted to Louise while Jerry is drawn to Marie. Soon after, Jim Gordon, the well-known television emcee, comes to the camp to conduct auditions for an all-Army talent contest. Jim is unimpressed until he hears a tape of Jerry, Mike and Luigi singing during KP duty and recruits them for the show. When the boys learn that they must spend one week in New York for rehearsals, Jerry and Luigi arrange to meet Marie and Louise for a date. Before leaving the camp, however, Jerry contracts laryngitis and is confined to the hospital and dosed with antihistamines. That day, Elizabeth Chapman, the first female Assistant Secretary to the Army, visits the camp and asks to tour the hospital. There, she meets her old friend, Dr. Leyden, the former Dutch Consulate. Leyden introduces the middle-aged Elizabeth to Magdalena, a six-year-old Dutch girl whose mother was killed in an automobile accident and whose ill father is facing imminent death. When Leyden explains that the girl will be sent back to Holland because her relatives ... +


After Luigi Maresi, Mike Conroy and Jerry Morgan receive draft notices, they report to basic training in New Jersey. Luigi, a would-be beatnik from New York, Mike, an Oregon rancher, and Jerry, a Long Islander, are assigned to the same barracks and quickly become friends. On the night of a big party at the post Service Club, Marie, Luigi's next-door neighbor, and Louise, Jerry's childhood friend, come to the camp to visit. When Mike's nightclub dancer date stands him up, he invites Katey Mulligan, a wise cracking WAC who works in the Public Relations Department, to join him. Luigi soon finds himself attracted to Louise while Jerry is drawn to Marie. Soon after, Jim Gordon, the well-known television emcee, comes to the camp to conduct auditions for an all-Army talent contest. Jim is unimpressed until he hears a tape of Jerry, Mike and Luigi singing during KP duty and recruits them for the show. When the boys learn that they must spend one week in New York for rehearsals, Jerry and Luigi arrange to meet Marie and Louise for a date. Before leaving the camp, however, Jerry contracts laryngitis and is confined to the hospital and dosed with antihistamines. That day, Elizabeth Chapman, the first female Assistant Secretary to the Army, visits the camp and asks to tour the hospital. There, she meets her old friend, Dr. Leyden, the former Dutch Consulate. Leyden introduces the middle-aged Elizabeth to Magdalena, a six-year-old Dutch girl whose mother was killed in an automobile accident and whose ill father is facing imminent death. When Leyden explains that the girl will be sent back to Holland because her relatives there will not relinquish custody, Elizabeth decides to marry Magdalena's father before he dies, thus assuring that she will be able to remain in the United States. Before the ceremony, however, a mix-up occurs when Jerry, unconscious from his medications, is wheeled into the room instead of Magdalena's father, who dies soon after. As a result, Elizabeth unwittingly marries Jerry. After the ceremony, Jerry is briefly roused from his slumber to sign the marriage certificate, which is then sealed. The next morning, Jerry awakens, claiming that he has married the Assistant Secretary to the Army, and is sent to a psychiatrist, Maj. Hanley for treatment. After the major pronounces that Jerry was simply dreaming, Jerry flies to New York to rehearse for the show. Upon reaching the studio, however, he receives a message from the base confirming his marriage. Upset, he hurries to meet Elizabeth's plane at the airport to discuss the situation, but he is restrained from seeing her and arrested by the MPs for psychological observation. Back at the camp, Jerry convinces Hanley that he really has married Elizabeth, and the psychiatrist then releases him to return to New York. Over breakfast the following morning, the major informs Gen. Hargraves about Jerry's marriage, and Hargraves immediately contacts Elizabeth. When Elizabeth opens her sealed marriage certificate, she is amazed to learn that indeed, she has married Jerry and orders him brought to her office in Washington. As Jerry telephones Marie from the rehearsal studio, the MPs arrest him once more and whisk him away to Washington. There, Elizabeth's attorney informs a relieved Jerry that the marriage is illegal due to a number of reasons, including the fact that Jerry was drugged during the ceremony. Upon returning to the camp, Jerry is mistakenly arrested once again and taken back to Washington. Elizabeth rectifies the mistake, however, and Jerry arrives in New York justs in time to perform in the show. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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