The Marriage-Go-Round (1960)

98 mins | Romantic comedy | December 1960

Director:

Walter Lang

Writer:

Leslie Stevens

Producer:

Leslie Stevens

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Editor:

Jack W. Holmes

Production Designers:

Duncan Cramer, Maurice Ransford

Production Company:

Daystar Productions
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HISTORY

After the brief opening sequence, the story is told in flashbacks by both "Paul" and "Content." According to a Mar 1959 LAEx news item, Stanley Colbert, who co-wrote the play with Leslie Stevens and was his partner in Daystar Productions, was initially slated to collaborate on the screenplay with him. The extent of Colbert's contribution to the released film has not been determined, however. A Jul 1959 LAT news item adds that Stevens wanted Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert to reprise their Broadway roles for the film. Julie Newmar played "Katrin" on the stage and screen. Robert Paige, who had been working exclusively in television, returned from a seven-year retirement from the screen to play the role of "Ross." According to studio publicity contained in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library, backgrounds were shot at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL.
       According to an Aug 1959 HR news item, when Paul Gregory, the play's producer, sold the motion picture rights to Twentieth Century-Fox, he retained future television rights to the property, marking one of the first times that the television rights were not included in the purchase of a play. Prior to selling the motion picture rights, Gregory had considered filming the stage play using a multicamera technique and then roadshowing the production, according to a 28 Aug 1958 HR news ... More Less

After the brief opening sequence, the story is told in flashbacks by both "Paul" and "Content." According to a Mar 1959 LAEx news item, Stanley Colbert, who co-wrote the play with Leslie Stevens and was his partner in Daystar Productions, was initially slated to collaborate on the screenplay with him. The extent of Colbert's contribution to the released film has not been determined, however. A Jul 1959 LAT news item adds that Stevens wanted Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert to reprise their Broadway roles for the film. Julie Newmar played "Katrin" on the stage and screen. Robert Paige, who had been working exclusively in television, returned from a seven-year retirement from the screen to play the role of "Ross." According to studio publicity contained in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library, backgrounds were shot at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL.
       According to an Aug 1959 HR news item, when Paul Gregory, the play's producer, sold the motion picture rights to Twentieth Century-Fox, he retained future television rights to the property, marking one of the first times that the television rights were not included in the purchase of a play. Prior to selling the motion picture rights, Gregory had considered filming the stage play using a multicamera technique and then roadshowing the production, according to a 28 Aug 1958 HR news item. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Dec 1960.
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Daily Variety
2 Dec 60
p. 3.
Film Daily
2 Dec 60
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Aug 1958.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 60
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 60
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 60
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 60
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
24 Mar 1960.
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Los Angeles Times
2 Jul 1959.
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Los Angeles Times
12 Aug 1959.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Dec 60
p. 940.
New York Times
7 Jan 61
p. 12.
Variety
7 Dec 60
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hair styles
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Dial coach
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Marriage-Go-Round by Leslie Stevens and Stanley Colbert (New York, 29 Oct 1958).
SONGS
"Marriage-Go-Round," words and music by Alan Bergman, Lew Spence and Marilyn Keith, sung by Tony Bennett.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1960
Production Date:
17 June--15 August 1960
Copyright Claimant:
Daystar Productions and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 December 1960
Copyright Number:
LP18687
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Lenses/Prints
lenses by Bausch & Lomb
Duration(in mins):
98
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
19725
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At a Florida campus, Professor Paul Delville and his wife Content, the Dean of Women, who have been happily married for sixteen years, lecture to their respective classes on matrimony. Both recount an experience from their own life as an illustration: One day, Paul and Content await the arrival of two houseguests--Paul's Swedish colleague, Professor Sveg and his daughter Katrin, whom they remember from their last meeting as a gawky teenager. Content, middle-aged and slightly insecure about her appearance, feels threatened when Katrin, who is now a statuesque blonde bombshell, appears and announces that her father has been delayed. After Content excuses herself to dress in preparation for a seminar that evening, Katrin informs the astounded Paul that she has chosen him to father her baby because of his brilliance. When Content enters the room, Paul tells her of Katrin's request, but she feigns amusement and leaves to attend the seminar. In reality, Katrin's declaration has rattled Content, and after her meeting, she turns to her friend Ross Barnett, a happily married language professor, for advice. At the Delville residence, meanwhile, Katrin presents Paul with a nude statue of herself that she has sculpted and then begins to "break down the barrier between them" by pulling a perfumed handkerchief from her bodice and handing it to Paul. As Katrin continues her dance of seduction, Paul hears the sound of Content's car roaring up the driveway and pulls away. Later that night, a sleepless Paul confesses to Content that Katrin threw herself at him and then reconfirms his love for his wife. To distract Katrin, Content asks the school's athletic ... +


At a Florida campus, Professor Paul Delville and his wife Content, the Dean of Women, who have been happily married for sixteen years, lecture to their respective classes on matrimony. Both recount an experience from their own life as an illustration: One day, Paul and Content await the arrival of two houseguests--Paul's Swedish colleague, Professor Sveg and his daughter Katrin, whom they remember from their last meeting as a gawky teenager. Content, middle-aged and slightly insecure about her appearance, feels threatened when Katrin, who is now a statuesque blonde bombshell, appears and announces that her father has been delayed. After Content excuses herself to dress in preparation for a seminar that evening, Katrin informs the astounded Paul that she has chosen him to father her baby because of his brilliance. When Content enters the room, Paul tells her of Katrin's request, but she feigns amusement and leaves to attend the seminar. In reality, Katrin's declaration has rattled Content, and after her meeting, she turns to her friend Ross Barnett, a happily married language professor, for advice. At the Delville residence, meanwhile, Katrin presents Paul with a nude statue of herself that she has sculpted and then begins to "break down the barrier between them" by pulling a perfumed handkerchief from her bodice and handing it to Paul. As Katrin continues her dance of seduction, Paul hears the sound of Content's car roaring up the driveway and pulls away. Later that night, a sleepless Paul confesses to Content that Katrin threw herself at him and then reconfirms his love for his wife. To distract Katrin, Content asks the school's athletic director to invite them all to tea while the swim team is practicing. When Katrin appears clad in a fitted gold bathing suit, the boys leap out of the pool and flock around her, but she dismisses them as children. The next day, at the Delville house, Katrin lounges languidly in the sun with only a towel concealing her nakedness. Calling Katrin aside, Content scolds her for her behavior, to which Katrin protests that she does not want Paul, just his child. When Content warns her that Paul is off limits, Katrin blithely declares that that is Paul's choice to make. As the Delvilles anxiously await the arrival of Katrin's father, Katrin shows Paul a letter, written in Swedish by her father, stating that his work will prevent him from joining her. Content has gone to the market, and in her absence Katrin passionately kisses Paul. Feeling his resistance rapidly fading, Paul asks Katrin to leave. When Content returns from shopping, Paul tells her of his decision, but she chastises him for succumbing to Katrin's charms and suggests that he allow the girl to see his "true boring self." At Content's insistence, Paul invites Katrin to accompany him to a lecture that night. After Katrin and Paul leave, Content finds the letter and calls Ross to translate, arranging to meet him at the lecture hall. When Content arrives, however, she discovers that the lecture is scheduled for the following day and the hall is empty. After Ross translates Prof. Sveg's letter, Content is certain that Paul betrayed her. When Ross suggests making Paul jealous and starts to flirt with Content, she calls his bluff and asks Ross and his wife Marion to drive her to the airport so she can fly home to her mother in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, Katrin and Paul return home and find the empty envelope on the floor. Paul, concerned, asks Katrin not to tell Content about their failure to attend the lecture, and Katrin agrees on the condition that he kiss her. Just as they embrace, Content comes in and confronts Paul with the letter. After admitting that he took Katrin for a drive and a hamburger, Paul insists that the kiss was innocent. Furious, Content storms out of the house. Afterward, Paul observes that Katrin is really looking for a husband, and Katrin acknowledges that she is no longer interested in him as a biological mate. When Content returns to retrieve some papers, Katrin announces that she is leaving to find a man of her own. After she departs, Paul begs Content to stay, and after he declares that he greatly treasures their marriage, they reconcile. +

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