Lover Come Back (1961)

Lover Come Back


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Doris Day and Rock Hudson team up again in this typical early '60s romantic comedy about two Madison Avenue advertising executives, Carol Templeton and Jerry Webster. Jerry decides to fool Carol into thinking he is a scientist who is currently doing research on a special product. She naturally wants to get the ad account for the new product, a desire that brings the two into close proximity -- which is what Jerry wanted all along. As a relationship begins to develop between them, the hijinks … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning
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On DVD: Apr 6, 2004
Universal Pictures


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as Rebel Davis

as J. Paxton Miller

as Dr. Linus Tyler

as Millie

as Hadley

as Brackett

as Deborah

as Board Member

as Party Girl

as Northcross

as Dr. Melnick

as Cleaning Woman

as Cleaning Woman

as Elevator Operator

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Critic Reviews for Lover Come Back

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Formulaic, this Oscar-winning comedy reaffirmed the status of Rock Hudson and Doris Day as America's most popular stars at the box-office.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012

...entertaining and amiable...

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

Should be required viewing for film students studying why 1960s sitcom fare is so outdated.

Full Review… | February 17, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Lover Come Back


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).

Mister Caple

Super Reviewer


Average rehashing of Pillow Talk. Tony Randall is absolutely amazing though.

Sarah Burton

Super Reviewer

My personal favorites of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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