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The Tunnel of Love (1958)

The Tunnel of Love (1958)

The Tunnel of Love





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Though very tame by contemporary standards, Tunnel of Love was considered the last word in racy comedy back in 1958. Adapted from the Broadway hit by Peter DeVries and Joseph Fields, the film stars Doris Day and Richard Widmark as suburbanites Isolde and Augie Poole. Isolde and Augie desperately want a child, but for diverse reasons have never been able to conceive. They decide to adopt a child, prompting a visit to the Poole home by pretty adoption-agency officer Estelle Novick (Gia Scala). Through a series of misundertandings, Estelle decides that Augie isn't a likely candidate for fatherhood, a notion he tries to dispell by taking her out to dinner. One thing leads to another, and the next morning Augie wakes up in a strange motel room with a monstrous hangover. Months later, Estelle pays a visit to Augie, informing him that she's pregnant and in dire need of a great deal of money. Certain that he's the father, Augie goes to great lengths to hide his "indiscretion" from his wife. But Isolde begins to suspect that something is amiss when the adoption agency shows up with a baby that looks disturbingly like her husband. Nothing is quite what it seems, of course, but neither the characters nor the audience find this out til the very end. As comic contrast to the childless Pooles, Elizabeth Fraser co-stars as the couple's eternally pregant next-door-neighbor Alice Pepper, whose husband Dick (Gig Young) looks appropriately worn out. Tunnel of Love was Gene Kelly's first directorial assignment on a film in which he himself didn't appear. (As a footnote, it's worth noting that during the original Broadway run of Tunnel of Love, Augie Poole was briefly portrayed by Johnny Carson).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Fields
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On DVD: Apr 7, 2009


Richard Widmark
as August Poole
Doris Day
as Isolde Poole
Gig Young
as Dick Pepper
Gia Scala
as Estelle Novick
Elisabeth Fraser
as Alice Pepper
Elizabeth Wilson
as Miss MacCracken
Vikki Dougan
as Actress
Charles Wagenheim
as Day Motel Man
Robert B. Williams
as Night Motel Man
The Esquire Trio
as Themselves
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Critic Reviews for The Tunnel of Love

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full of missteps as the cast tries its darnedest to get around a limp screenplay and its unlikable characters.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009

...harmless and inconsequential, never outright funny but occasionally amusing in a low-key manner.

Full Review… | April 4, 2009
Movie Metropolis

The actors are game, but the film was flat and not a bit funny.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
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This movie is pretty hilarious for the most part, but it's sometimes kind of annoying and silly too. Overall it's a pretty good romantic comedy, it's fun.

Aj V

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