Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)




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Roger Willoughby (Rock Hudson) is a super salesman of sporting goods who sells fishing equipment but knows nothing about the sport. Roger's boss Cadwalader (John McGiver) gets an idea from publicity director Abigail (Paula Prentiss) to enter him in a fishing contest, and the inept angler has a series of comic consequences before he wins the contest with some help from a bear. When Roger admits that his winning the event was merely luck, he turns in the prize and loses his job. Roger eventually wins Abigail's heart and gets his job back. Howard Hawks directs this slapstick comedy with his typical flair -- witty dialogue and effective sight gags included.more
Rating: G
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Steve McNeil, John Fenton Murray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
MCA Universal Home Video


Rock Hudson
as Roger Willoughby
Paula Prentiss
as Abigail Page
Maria Perschy
as Isolde `Easy' Muelle...
John McGiver
as William Cadwalader
Charlene Holt
as Tex Connors
Roscoe Karns
as Maj. Phipps
Norman Alden
as John Screaming Eagle
Tyler McVey
as Customer Bush
Joan Tewkesbury
as Woman in Elevator
Betty Hanna
as Woman in Elevator
Dianne Simpson
as Elevator Operator
Holger Bendixen
as Fisherman
Paul Bryar
as Policeman
Jim Bannon
as Forest Ranger
Lincoln Demyan
as Scoutmaster
Edmund Williams
as Desk Clerk
Elise Kraal
as Girl on Motorbike
Margaret Sheridan
as Cadwalader's Secreta...
Paul Langton
as Mr. Stern
Med Flory
as Tucker
Edy Williams
as Second Girl
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Critic Reviews for Man's Favorite Sport?

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Matters are helped along somewhat by an attractive and spirited cast, but not enough to keep the film consistently amusing.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
Top Critic

In many ways the quintessential Hollywood auteur movie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Man's Favorite Sport?, the film's theme song has it, is girls. It certainly is not originality or comedy.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Outdoorsman-columnist Rock Hudson suddenly finds he has to live up to his reputation in this 1964 Howard Hawks comedy that's funnier than it has any right to be.

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

Hawks delivers his usual heavy-handed direction, but the film's premise is too flimsy to spread over two hours. The script is marred by tired comic routines and slow pacing.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Here Hawks moves a little slower, cribbing some of his own early jokes, but still dead funny.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Man's Favorite Sport?


Paula is charming and goofy, Rock as adapt at comedy as always, a pleasant way to pass an hour and a half.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith

I'm still filling in my Paula Prentiss viewing with stuff like this, in which she plays a real go-getter who foists a fraud of a sporting goods salesman into a fishing contest that he can't win, then tries desperately to teach him the ropes on the fly. She's charming and fun as always, and I guess this being my first exposure to Rock Hudson was decent enough, though I don't know if I need to run out and track down anything else he's done anytime soon.

Worth a rental.

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