The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)

92 mins | Comedy | 1968

Director:

George Axelrod

Writer:

George Axelrod

Producer:

George Axelrod

Cinematographer:

Leon Shamroy

Editor:

Harry Gerstad

Production Designers:

Jack Martin Smith, Ed Graves

Production Company:

Charleston Enterprises
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Manhattan and New Canaan, ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Manhattan and New Canaan, Connecticut. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns designed by
MUSIC
Mus
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles for Miss Jackson
Hairstyling
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Scr supv
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 June 1968
Copyright Claimant:
Charleston Enterprises
Copyright Date:
25 June 1968
Copyright Number:
LP35903
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
92
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Victoria Layton, a suburban housewife devoted to her husband Tom, a harried public relations man, resents his statement that she could never have been a successful call girl. Exaggerated recollections of past sexual adventures serve further to convince her that life is passing her by. After bolstering her courage with several brandies Victoria calls her husband's biggest client, movie star "Charlie," and sets up a date with him as a $100 call girl. Instead of a mad sexual fling in Charlie's New York hotel suite, however, Victoria finds herself nursing his sinus attack. At first upset that the screen's famed lover finds her no more desirable than does her husband, Victoria is somewhat assuaged when Charlie confesses that his prowess as a lover is based on press releases. After exchanging confidences and discovering that they are compatible, Victoria and Charlie eventually make love; but their idyll is shattered when Tom telephones from the lobby and announces that he is on his way up. While Victoria hides in the bedroom, Tom storms in, tells off Charlie, threatens to quit as his press agent, and punches Charlie in the nose. After ministering to Charlie's wounds, Victoria returns home. As she leaves, Charlie slips her a $100 bill for cab ... +


Victoria Layton, a suburban housewife devoted to her husband Tom, a harried public relations man, resents his statement that she could never have been a successful call girl. Exaggerated recollections of past sexual adventures serve further to convince her that life is passing her by. After bolstering her courage with several brandies Victoria calls her husband's biggest client, movie star "Charlie," and sets up a date with him as a $100 call girl. Instead of a mad sexual fling in Charlie's New York hotel suite, however, Victoria finds herself nursing his sinus attack. At first upset that the screen's famed lover finds her no more desirable than does her husband, Victoria is somewhat assuaged when Charlie confesses that his prowess as a lover is based on press releases. After exchanging confidences and discovering that they are compatible, Victoria and Charlie eventually make love; but their idyll is shattered when Tom telephones from the lobby and announces that he is on his way up. While Victoria hides in the bedroom, Tom storms in, tells off Charlie, threatens to quit as his press agent, and punches Charlie in the nose. After ministering to Charlie's wounds, Victoria returns home. As she leaves, Charlie slips her a $100 bill for cab fare. +

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