Lover Come Back (1961)
Movie InfoAlthough not as well known as Pillow Talk (1959), this romantic-comedy pairing of stars Rock Hudson and Doris Day earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. Hudson stars as Jerry Webster, a Madison Avenue advertising executive who has achieved success not through hard work or intelligence but by wining and dining his big-shot clients, even setting them up on dates with attractive girls. Jerry's equal at a rival agency is Carol Templeton (Day). Although she has never met him, Carol is disgusted by Jerry's unethical antics and reports him to the Ad Council. Jerry avoids trouble with his usual aplomb, sending a comely chorus girl, Rebel Davis (Edie Adams), to seduce the council members. When Jerry subsequently makes Rebel the star of television commercials for a nonexistent product called VIP, the spots are accidentally aired by perplexed company president Pete Ramsey (Tony Randall). Carol becomes determined to win the VIP account away from Jerry, but after she discovers the truth, she again reports him to the Ad Council. Jerry skirts out of trouble a second time by producing VIP, an intoxicating candy quickly whipped up by company research scientist Linus Tyler (Jack Kruschen). VIP's extreme effects lead to a one-night stand between bitter rivals Jerry and Carol, with unexpected consequences. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Lover Come Back
Formulaic, this Oscar-winning comedy reaffirmed the status of Rock Hudson and Doris Day as America's most popular stars at the box-office.
Should be required viewing for film students studying why 1960s sitcom fare is so outdated.
O roteiro inteligente (e, embora inocente, ainda atual em suas críticas ao consumismo desenfreado) mantém o espectador sempre envolvido, e a sempre palpável química entre Day e Hudson torna a experiência ainda melhor.
Audience Reviews for Lover Come Back
There are good rom-coms and there are bad rom-coms, all are influenced by the best and originals (as we know them now) that really took off in the late 50's, early 60's. Rock Hudson and Doris Day were the go to rom-com couple of the day and they made 3 popular films together; Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). The discussion of which is best is still passionately argued among fans of the pairing, of which there are many. I think it's slightly unfair to remember this series of films as the Hudson/Day movies when the best part of each film is actually the supporting roles of Tony Randall. Randall steals the show in Lover Come Back for me, he is funny and full of character and energy. Day is beautiful and Hudson's character is questionable, nothing special if you ask me, it's all about Pete Ramsey. I do like Lover Come Back but it's got a lot to answer for. The story and characters are morally questionable and anything but romantic, a lot like rom-coms (or chick-flicks as they are often lazily referred to as) are today. I love the direction, love the bright colour and all three actors. I just don't like the story.
Second helping of the Universal produced romantic comedies of the 1960's,pairing again Rock Hudson and Doris Day in the follow up to the scrubbed-clean,but highly successful 1959 comedy "Pillow Talk". In this outing titled "Lover Come Back",Rock Hudson plays macho advertising executive Jerry Webster,who has succeeded in business without really trying,preferring to show other executives a good time on the order in order to climb the corporate ladder. Doris Day's character Carol Templeton is a straight arrow;she hasn;t met Jerry in the flesh,but really hates him by reputation. Mistaken identity and outrageous hijinks ensue. And when a client's candy samples turn out to have the effect of a triple martini,Jerry and Carol do more than talk on their pillows. Day's canary voice delivers the title track during the opening credits and unexpectedly breaks into "Should I Surrender?" to mull over her ambivalent feelings for Jerry once she figures out that he's such a cad,but however handsome. The 1961 Oscar winner for Best Screenplay(written by Paul Henning and Stanley Shapiro),this was one of Universal's biggest theatrical hits when it came out around Christmas of 1961,becoming one of the top ten highest grossing films of that year. Not only Doris Day and Rock Hudson bring on the laughs,but with Tony Randall and Edie Adams. Several stars on board here including some famiilar names most of known for their television work including Ann B. Davis, along with Joe Flynn, Jack Albertson, Jack Kruschen, Jack Oakie,and the movie debut of a young Donna Douglas(the future Elly May Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies that was by the way created-written and produced by Paul Henning).More
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