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The Thrill of It All (1963)




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This romantic comedy stars Doris Day and James Garner as a couple who undergo marital difficulties. The trouble starts after Day accepts a job appearing in commercials for her favorite soap and neglects her traditional caretaker role.more
Rating: G
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Reiner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2003
MCA Universal Home Video


Doris Day
as Beverly Boyer
James Garner
as Dr. Gerald Boyer
Arlene Francis
as Mrs. Fraleigh
Edward Andrews
as Gardiner Fraleigh
Reginald Owen
as Old Tom Fraleigh
Zasu Pitts
as Olivia
Elliott Reid
as Mike Palmer
Kym Karath
as Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash
as Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau
as Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman
as Dr. Taylor
Hayden Rorke
as Billings
Alex Gerry
as Stokely
Anne Newman
as Miss Thompson
Robert Strauss
as 1st Truck Driver
Maurice Gosfield
as Truck Driver
Lenny Kent
as Cabbie
John Alderman
as Mr. Caputo
Alice Pearce
as Woman in Car
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Critic Reviews for The Thrill of It All

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Ultimately it is in the design and engineering of cumulative sight gag situations that Thrill of It All excels.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Frothy romantic comedy with Garner taking over from Rock Hudson as Day's foil.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I don't want to give you the impression that The Thrill of It All is a great film. I just want to tell you it is loaded with good, clean American laughs.

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

Another in a surprisingly good series of romantic comedies starring Doris Day from producers Ross Hunter and Martin Melcher.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not exactly the most biting satire on gender roles/the power of advertising, but mildy amusing all the same.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

December 7, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Thrill of It All

Doris Day made a lot of movies that were a lot better than people knew and so many of them went practically unnoticed. A prime example was the 1963 comedy THE THRILL OF IT ALL, which starred Doris as Beverly Boyer, the wife of a doctor (James Garner), who, quite accidentally, becomes a television spokesperson for a product called "Happy Soap" and becomes an overnight celebrity much to the consternation of her husband. Day is at the height of her charm here as she is completely winning as the housewife thrown into the celebrity spotlight and doesn't really know how to handle it. Garner matches her note for note as the slightly chauvinistic husband who would rather have his wife at home. There is also a lovely supporting turn by Arlene Francis as a friend of Doris' who Doris actually helps to give birth in a cab and Carl Reiner (who also co-wrote the screenplay) has an amusing set of cameos as the star of the show where Happy Soap is advertised. A warm family comedy that showcases brilliantly why the world loved Doris Day...and still does. 3 Stars 10-14-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Cute, but not as amazing as I'd hoped coming from the pen of Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart. However, the bubbles gag is hilarious.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Oh my goodness, this is such an adorable, underrated movie! You wouldn't expect a wholesome Doris Day film to be this clever and refreshing. It addresses the concept of female empowerment in a very mom-and-pop quaint kinda way. I love the mod-retro look of this movie too. Honestly, you can't create that kind of atmosphere anymore. I account this to Jewison's revolutionary filmmaking attitude of the time.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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