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The film marked a re-teaming of producer Martin Melcher, co-screenwriter Stanley Shapiro, and actors Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall, after 1959’s Pillow Talk (see entry). The 25 Apr 1960 DV announced that Universal-International had acquired the original screenplay, by Shapiro and Paul Henning, and an LAT brief published the same day indicated that the sale marked the highest price Universal-International had ever paid for an original story. A later item in the 29 Sep 1960 DV specified a purchase price “in excess of $100,000” and described it as “one of the highest prices ever paid” by the studio. At the time, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, and Cary Grant were under consideration for the lead role of “Jerry Webster.”
       According to a 19 Oct 1960 DV article, Ross Hunter, who had produced Pillow Talk, was “unhappy” about the project, which he claimed was a “carbon copy” of his 1959 film.
       The 2 Dec 1960 LAT stated that George Masters would act as Doris Day’s hairstylist, and Barbara Fredericks was listed as a cast member in the 6 Jan 1961 DV.
       Filming began on 5 Jan 1961, as noted in the following day’s DV. Production charts implied that filming took place on the Universal-International studio lot in Universal City, CA.
       The 13 Dec 1961 Var stated that a “pre-release” would take place on 22 Dec 1961 at the Warner Beverly Hills Theatre, to qualify the picture for the upcoming Academy Awards. A New York City release was set to follow on 8 Feb 1962 at ... More Less

The film marked a re-teaming of producer Martin Melcher, co-screenwriter Stanley Shapiro, and actors Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall, after 1959’s Pillow Talk (see entry). The 25 Apr 1960 DV announced that Universal-International had acquired the original screenplay, by Shapiro and Paul Henning, and an LAT brief published the same day indicated that the sale marked the highest price Universal-International had ever paid for an original story. A later item in the 29 Sep 1960 DV specified a purchase price “in excess of $100,000” and described it as “one of the highest prices ever paid” by the studio. At the time, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, and Cary Grant were under consideration for the lead role of “Jerry Webster.”
       According to a 19 Oct 1960 DV article, Ross Hunter, who had produced Pillow Talk, was “unhappy” about the project, which he claimed was a “carbon copy” of his 1959 film.
       The 2 Dec 1960 LAT stated that George Masters would act as Doris Day’s hairstylist, and Barbara Fredericks was listed as a cast member in the 6 Jan 1961 DV.
       Filming began on 5 Jan 1961, as noted in the following day’s DV. Production charts implied that filming took place on the Universal-International studio lot in Universal City, CA.
       The 13 Dec 1961 Var stated that a “pre-release” would take place on 22 Dec 1961 at the Warner Beverly Hills Theatre, to qualify the picture for the upcoming Academy Awards. A New York City release was set to follow on 8 Feb 1962 at Radio City Music Hall, with a general release scheduled for Mar 1962. The film was met with largely positive critical reception. Both the 25 Dec 1961 LAT and 9 Feb 1962 NYT reviews compared the film favorably to Pillow Talk, and singled out Tony Randall’s performance as a standout. An Academy Award nomination went to Shapiro and Henning for Writing (Story and Screenplay – written directly for the screen), and a Golden Globe Award nomination went to Tony Randall for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Apr 1960
p. 3.
Daily Variety
8 Sep 1960
p. 3.
Daily Variety
29 Sep 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
14 Oct 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
19 Oct 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
6 Jan 1961
p. 2.
Daily Variety
6 Jan 1961
p. 6.
Daily Variety
12 Dec 1961
p. 3, 11.
Los Angeles Times
25 Apr 1960
Section C, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
2 Dec 1960
Section C, p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
11 Dec 1961
Section C, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
25 Dec 1961
Section C, p. 13.
New York Times
9 Feb 1962
p. 21.
New York Times
18 Feb 1962
p. 1.
Variety
13 Dec 1961
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Day's gowns
Miss Day's jewels
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Anim titles
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lover Come Back to Me," words and music by Alan Spilton and Frank De Vol
"Should I Surrender," words and music by Adam Ross and William Landan.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lover, Come Back
Release Date:
22 December 1961
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 22 December 1961 at the Warner Beverly Hills Theatre
New York opening: 8 February 1962 at Radio City Music Hall
Production Date:
began 5 January 1961
Copyright Claimant:
7 Pictures
Copyright Date:
18 December 1961
Copyright Number:
LP25071
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color by Pathé
Duration(in mins):
107
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Though they have never met, Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton, account executives with rival advertising agencies, are sworn enemies. Jerry's practice of using liquor and chorus girls to land clients galls the hard-working and conscientious Carol. When she reports him to the Advertising Council, Jerry induces Rebel Davis, a sexy nightclub performer he uses to charm his prospective clients, to testify on his behalf. As a reward for helping him win an acquittal, Jerry names Rebel the "VIP girl" and films a series of commercials for a nonexistent product. Unfortunately, Jerry's boss, a hopeless neurotic named Peter Ramsey who is apron-stringed to his analyst, puts the commercials on television -- and VIP is launched. Frantic, Jerry engages an eccentric scientist, Dr. Linus Tyler, to invent a product that can be marketed as VIP. Carol visits Linus in an attempt to steal the account away from Jerry. When she arrives at his laboratory, she encounters Jerry, mistakes him for Linus, and announces that she will stop at nothing to get the account. Delighted by both the attractiveness of his rival and the chance to ruin her, Jerry pretends to be the scientist and allows Carol to wine and dine him. Just as he is about to complete his triumph by seducing Carol, she learns the truth. Appalled, she once more reports him to the Advertising Council, this time for advertising a nonexistent product. Jerry, however, arrives at the hearing with VIP, a mint-flavored candy he offers to one and all, including Carol. There is only one drawback: each one of Linus's wafers has the same effect as three triple martinis. The next morning, Jerry and Carol wake up in a ... +


Though they have never met, Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton, account executives with rival advertising agencies, are sworn enemies. Jerry's practice of using liquor and chorus girls to land clients galls the hard-working and conscientious Carol. When she reports him to the Advertising Council, Jerry induces Rebel Davis, a sexy nightclub performer he uses to charm his prospective clients, to testify on his behalf. As a reward for helping him win an acquittal, Jerry names Rebel the "VIP girl" and films a series of commercials for a nonexistent product. Unfortunately, Jerry's boss, a hopeless neurotic named Peter Ramsey who is apron-stringed to his analyst, puts the commercials on television -- and VIP is launched. Frantic, Jerry engages an eccentric scientist, Dr. Linus Tyler, to invent a product that can be marketed as VIP. Carol visits Linus in an attempt to steal the account away from Jerry. When she arrives at his laboratory, she encounters Jerry, mistakes him for Linus, and announces that she will stop at nothing to get the account. Delighted by both the attractiveness of his rival and the chance to ruin her, Jerry pretends to be the scientist and allows Carol to wine and dine him. Just as he is about to complete his triumph by seducing Carol, she learns the truth. Appalled, she once more reports him to the Advertising Council, this time for advertising a nonexistent product. Jerry, however, arrives at the hearing with VIP, a mint-flavored candy he offers to one and all, including Carol. There is only one drawback: each one of Linus's wafers has the same effect as three triple martinis. The next morning, Jerry and Carol wake up in a motel with a marriage certificate hanging on the mirror. The horrified Carol has the marriage quickly annulled while Jerry flees to his firm's west coast branch. They are reunited and remarried nine months later, however -- in a hospital maternity ward. +

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

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