The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)

87 mins | Comedy | August 1957

Director:

Norman Taurog

Producer:

Robert Waterfield

Cinematographer:

Joseph La Shelle

Editor:

Archie Marshek

Production Designer:

Serge Krizman

Production Company:

Russ-Field Corp.
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HISTORY

An 8 Aug 1956 HR news item stated that Jane Russell's company, Russ-Field, which she owned with husband Robert Waterfield, had purchased the rights to the newly published novel That Fluffy Pink Nightgown [sic] as its next production for United Artists release. The novel dealt with the kidnapping of a movie actress. Some sources, including Russell's autobiography, state that the film was inspired by the purported kidnapping of real-life movie actress Marie "The Body" McDonald, then married to shoe store mogul Harry Karl. However, the book had been published and the film was already shooting well before McDonald's alleged abduction in early Jan 1957. LAT reported on 14 Jan 1957 that a copy of the novel had been found in McDonald's home. No one was ever convicted of the McDonald "kidnapping," and contemporary and modern sources doubted that a crime had taken place.
       Exteriors for The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown were filmed in Malibu, Santa Monica, Westwood and at the original Los Angeles International Airport on West Imperial Highway. According to a Jan 1957 HR news item, portions of the film were shot on Zuma Beach and Paradise Cove. After her kidnapping, "Laurel" is given a demure, fuzzy nightgown to replace the evening gown she was wearing for the premiere.
       In her autobiography, Russell stated that director Norman Taurog, who had made a number of films with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, had tried to interest Martin in playing the role of "Mike." Although their appearance in the film has not been confirmed, HR news items add Richard Geary, Barbara Marshall, Jane Burgess and Carmen Nisbet ... More Less

An 8 Aug 1956 HR news item stated that Jane Russell's company, Russ-Field, which she owned with husband Robert Waterfield, had purchased the rights to the newly published novel That Fluffy Pink Nightgown [sic] as its next production for United Artists release. The novel dealt with the kidnapping of a movie actress. Some sources, including Russell's autobiography, state that the film was inspired by the purported kidnapping of real-life movie actress Marie "The Body" McDonald, then married to shoe store mogul Harry Karl. However, the book had been published and the film was already shooting well before McDonald's alleged abduction in early Jan 1957. LAT reported on 14 Jan 1957 that a copy of the novel had been found in McDonald's home. No one was ever convicted of the McDonald "kidnapping," and contemporary and modern sources doubted that a crime had taken place.
       Exteriors for The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown were filmed in Malibu, Santa Monica, Westwood and at the original Los Angeles International Airport on West Imperial Highway. According to a Jan 1957 HR news item, portions of the film were shot on Zuma Beach and Paradise Cove. After her kidnapping, "Laurel" is given a demure, fuzzy nightgown to replace the evening gown she was wearing for the premiere.
       In her autobiography, Russell stated that director Norman Taurog, who had made a number of films with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, had tried to interest Martin in playing the role of "Mike." Although their appearance in the film has not been confirmed, HR news items add Richard Geary, Barbara Marshall, Jane Burgess and Carmen Nisbet to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Aug 1957.
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Daily Variety
29 Jul 1957
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Jul 1957
p. 10.
Hollywood Citizen-News
18 Jan 1957
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Aug 1956
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 1956
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jan 1957
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 1957
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 1957
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jan 1957
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jan 1957
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 1957
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 1957
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 1957
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
14 Jan 1957
p. 1.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Aug 1957
p. 474.
New York Times
31 Oct 1957
p. 41.
Variety
31 Jul 1957
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Master prop man
COSTUMES
Cost des
Mens' ward
Ladies' ward
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown by Sylvia Tate (New York, 1956).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
August 1957
Premiere Information:
World premiere in London: 9 May 1957
Los Angeles opening: 21 August 1957
Production Date:
mid December 1956--25 January 1957 at Samuel Goldwyn Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Russ-Field Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 June 1957
Copyright Number:
LP8870
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18424
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When film star Laurel Stevens leaves her home to attend the premiere of her new film, The Kidnapped Bride , she is abducted by two bumbling, first-time kidnappers, Mike Valla and Dandy. At the theater, Laurel’s agent, Barney Baylies, and Grandeur Studios’ head, Arthur Martin, attempt to placate the press, particularly gossip columnist Daisy Parker, over Laurel’s non-appearance. Meanwhile, Mike and Dandy drive Laurel to their hideout at the Malibu beach. Eventually, Arthur and Barney realize that Laurel may have been kidnapped, but agree that Bertha, Laurel’s personal assistant, should wait until midnight before informing the police. At the house in Malibu, Laurel tries, unsuccessfully, to convince both Mike and Dandy to let her go. Elsewhere in the city, police sergeant Ed McBride, who was responsible for Mike serving a jail sentence for murder, but then got him released when he realized that Mike was innocent, is ordered to check on Mike’s whereabouts. When Laurel discovers that Mike and Dandy intend to ransom her for fifty thousand dollars, she is insulted and says she is worth at least five hundred thousand dollars. Laurel then becomes concerned that the kidnapping could be perceived simply as a publicity stunt related to her new film and worries that it could seriously damage her career. After McBride tracks Mike to the house, Laurel threatens to make her presence known, so Mike knocks her out. When she recovers, she hears Mike and McBride discussing Mike’s false imprisonment and decides, for fear of adverse publicity, that she should not involve the police in the kidnapping, but try to resolve the situation on ... +


When film star Laurel Stevens leaves her home to attend the premiere of her new film, The Kidnapped Bride , she is abducted by two bumbling, first-time kidnappers, Mike Valla and Dandy. At the theater, Laurel’s agent, Barney Baylies, and Grandeur Studios’ head, Arthur Martin, attempt to placate the press, particularly gossip columnist Daisy Parker, over Laurel’s non-appearance. Meanwhile, Mike and Dandy drive Laurel to their hideout at the Malibu beach. Eventually, Arthur and Barney realize that Laurel may have been kidnapped, but agree that Bertha, Laurel’s personal assistant, should wait until midnight before informing the police. At the house in Malibu, Laurel tries, unsuccessfully, to convince both Mike and Dandy to let her go. Elsewhere in the city, police sergeant Ed McBride, who was responsible for Mike serving a jail sentence for murder, but then got him released when he realized that Mike was innocent, is ordered to check on Mike’s whereabouts. When Laurel discovers that Mike and Dandy intend to ransom her for fifty thousand dollars, she is insulted and says she is worth at least five hundred thousand dollars. Laurel then becomes concerned that the kidnapping could be perceived simply as a publicity stunt related to her new film and worries that it could seriously damage her career. After McBride tracks Mike to the house, Laurel threatens to make her presence known, so Mike knocks her out. When she recovers, she hears Mike and McBride discussing Mike’s false imprisonment and decides, for fear of adverse publicity, that she should not involve the police in the kidnapping, but try to resolve the situation on her own. Laurel then passes herself off as Mike’s girl friend and goes unrecognized by McBride. After McBride leaves, Laurel insists that the kidnapping be made to appear real enough so that it will not be perceived as a publicity gimmick. When Laurel is officially reported missing, McBride is assigned to the case and consults with Barney and Arthur, who offers a reward of one hundred thousand dollars for the capture of the kidnappers. Meanwhile, Laurel and Mike begin to fall in love. In order to make the kidnapping appear genuine, Mike arranges, through untraceable intermediaries, for Arthur to pay one hundred thousand dollars in cash as Laurel’s ransom. Bertha is to take the money in a suitcase to the TWA ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport, where Dandy works, and check it in. While visiting Arthur’s office, McBride sees a studio portrait of Laurel, realizes where he has seen her and drives off in a great hurry. Laurel’s situation becomes more complicated when she wakens with a hangover and discovers that she has asked Dandy to elope with her. Later, after Dandy has gone to the ticket counter to collect the suitcase with the ransom money, Mike and Laurel realize that they are in love and, ignoring the potential damage to her career, decide to prevent Dandy from receiving the ransom money. As they are about to leave, McBride arrives, but Laurel knocks him out and she and Mike race to the airport in McBride’s patrol car. At the airport, Bertha, observed by numerous undercover police officers, checks in the suitcase at Dandy’s counter, but he mixes it up with a similar suitcase. Mike and Laurel then take the suitcase from Dandy, intending to return it to Arthur. As they attempt to leave, McBride arrives to arrest Mike and Dandy. When he opens the suitcase, however, there is no money inside and Laurel saves Mike and Dandy from prosecution by declaring that they are her publicity agents, hired to stage the kidnapping. Mike and Laurel then embrace.q +

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