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If a Man Answers (1962)

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This lightweight, nearly zero-gravity comedy by director Henry Levin relies on a novel by a male writer and a script by another man to come up with a nearly offensive story (in these more enlightened times) about how a woman can lie, manipulate, and generally deceive her husband, all in the "art" of hanging on to him. Sandra Dee is Chantal, married to Eugene (Bobby Darin, Dee's real-life husband), but first comes the story of how she hooked him. Next, comes the story of how he is trained to be a perfect husband, and then the final installment is unveiled. She uses a variety of tricks to keep him wondering whether or not he can trust her. For example, Chantal's mother calls her and "if a man answers" she hangs up, leaving the unhappy husband to think his wife has a clandestine lover. The premise that a woman's only role in life is to get and hold a husband has thankfully undergone a few revisions since 1962.

Cast

Bobby Darin
as Eugene Wright
Sandra Dee
as Chantal Stacy
John Lund
as John Stacy
Micheline Presle
as Germaine Stacy
Cesar Romero
as Robert Swan/Adam Wright
Ted Thorpe
as Florist
Roger Bacon
as Messenger
John Bleifer
as Tobacconist
Dani Lynn
as Bunny
Gladys Thornton
as Boston Maid
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"If a Man Answers" is a classic story with witty dialogue and lots of humor... but the story is much better suited for the stage as this movie does not do it justice. The acting is fine and the script is great, but the addition of fog horn sound effects, narration over unnecessary cartoon depictions, and other annoying elements kill the comedy. This film screams "overly-cheesy 1960's comedy" and, in spite of great performances by Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin, it is tough to enjoy the story at times. The twists (particularly the book and the arrival of Robert Swan) are deliciously clever and, while the story does not go where you expect, it finds the perfect ending. For a comedy, the characters are rather deep and the situations really strike a chord with relationship conflicts that we have all faced. I believe that it is easy to enjoy this story because we can all relate to it in one way or another. I absolutely recommend seeing "If a Man Answers"... on stage rather than on the screen.

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

Silly but cute romantic comedy. Sandra and Bobby are adorable together and Micheline Presle adds a lovely touch of continental class as her mother.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Such an adorable and funny film, starring Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee. Such great chemistry and she's a real beauty. No wonder Bobby Darin fell for her in such a big way!

Jakki Jelene
Jakki Jelene

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