Phffft! (1954)

Phffft! (1954)





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After several years of domestic squabbles, the marriage of Nina and Robert Tracy (Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon) goes "phffft"! Upon receiving their divorce papers, Nina and Robert are certain that they'll remain friends, no matter how many new lovers they pick up along the way. Nina dallies briefly with bombastic Charlie Newton (Jack Carson), while Robert has a fling with the luscious Janis (Kim Novak). These romantic episodes only serve to make Nina and Robert realize how much they're still in love with each other. According to costar Jack Lemmon, the original title of this film was Phfffft!, but after an all-night bull session at Columbia Pictures it was decided to take out one of the "F"s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Columbia Pictures


Jack Lemmon
as Robert Tracey
Judy Holliday
as Nina Tracey
Kim Novak
as Janis
Jack Carson
as Charlie Nelson
Luella Gear
as Mrs. Chapman
Don Randolph
as Dr. Van Kessel
Donald Randolph
as Dr. Van Kessel
Donald Curtis
as Rick Vidal
Arny Freeman
as Language Teacher
Merry Anders
as Marcia
Wendy Smith Howard
as Artist's Model
Olan Soule
as Mr. Duncan
Geraldine Hall
as Nina's Secretary
William Newell
as Workman
Eugene Borden
as Maitre d'
Alphonse Martell
as Maitre d'
Jerry Hausner
as Radio Actor
Charlotte Lawrence
as Radio Actress
Tom Kingston
as Manager
Fay Baker
as Serena
Sally Mansfield
as Miss Comstock
Vivian Mason
as Secretary
Maxine Marlowe
as Secretary
Shirlee Allard
as Secretary
Joyce Jameson
as Secretary
Hamil Petroff
as Dance Teacher
Mylee Andreason
as Dance Teacher
Charles Heard
as Doorman
Jimmie Dodd
as Taxi Driver
Frank Arnold
as Art Teacher
Don Randolph
as Dr. Van Kessel
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Typical Jack Lemmon struggling to survive. Lemmon fans will love this one as he struggles to get back to the dating scene after a divorce. All the cliches about dating in this one no doubt. Kim Novak plays the much younger date to a tee. Not hilarious but amusing for the many truths this film contains. Moral is the guy/gal you left behind wasn't really all that bad and dating is every bit as worse as you thought. Lemmon's former wife finds dating just as problematic. Jack Carson terrific as always. In the end a fun romantic comedy about the realities of trying to date after 30.

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Good old fashioned and timeless fun. I love - love - love Jack Lemmon in ANY movie. How could you not?

Skyler Bartels
Skyler Bartels

Because some slang from the fifties was left in the fifties, I had no idea what the title of this film referred to until I saw it. It simply means divorce or a split up of a husband and wife. That's basically what the movie's about. It's a predictable story, but it's a hilarious movie with a great cast.

Aj V
Aj V

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