The Facts of Life (1960)





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A breezy comedy about an extra marital affair between Larry (Bob Hope) and Kitty (Lucille Ball). They find comfort in each others arms when their families take them for granted.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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United Artists

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Bob Hope
as Larry Gilbert
Lucille Ball
as Kitty Weaver
Ruth Hussey
as Mary Gilbert
Don DeFore
as Jack Weaver
Louis Nye
as Charles Busbee
Philip Ober
as Doc Mason
Marianne Stewart
as Connie Mason
Peter Leeds
as Thompson
Hollis Irving
as Myrtle Busbee
William Lanteau
as Airline Clerk
Robert F. Simon
as Motel Clerk
Robert Simon
as Motel Clerk
Mike Mazurki
as Man in Motel Room
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Critic Reviews for The Facts of Life

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A mild satire on an adulterous affair between bored suburbanites.

Full Review… | November 18, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The Facts of Life


***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
Steve Smith

I liked it a lot! It was really funny, but not too absurd or unbelievable.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

Just a lame comedy that turns seriously romantic and pretty good at that. Who'd know that the these two improbable friends would find serious love? We sure don't and until they hit their island paradise,.... they don't either. Hey, it could happen to you. And that's exactly what make this quaint sixties film (barely, at 1960) watchable. Oh, forget the sixties clothes if that is a turn off. Forget Hope's lame dialog too. The point of this film is deadly serious. Just imagine two of many couples going on a vacation only to find at the last possible minute that their spouses not only will be late but will not arrive? This is one hell of a perdicament for Hope and Ball. But they go through all the motions of adulterous lovers trapped by their past. I would suggest this movie be watched by anyone even thinking of leaving their spouse. The problems encountered will make you think about it. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Costume Design (for Edith Head and Edward Stevenson). For her performance, Lucille Ball was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress - Comedy. Written, directed, and produced by the longtime Hope associates Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, the film was more serious than many other contemporary Hope vehicles. Won Oscar for: Best Costume Design (Edith Head and Edward Stevenson) Oscar Nominated: Best Art Direction, Black and White (J. McMillan Johnson, Kenneth A. Reid, and Ross Dowd) Best Cinematography, Black and White (Charles Lang) Best Original Song (Johnny Mercer for "The Facts of Life") Best Original Screenplay (Melvin Frank and Norman Panama) Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Lucille Ball)

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