Sex and the Single Girl (1964)




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Helen Gurley Brown's self-help best-seller was the nominal source for this Hollywood sex romp, directed by Richard Quine, co-scripted by Joseph Heller and David R. Schwartz, and starring Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood. Tony Curtis plays Bob Weston, a writer for a scandal magazine who is working on an article on research psychologist Helen Gurley Brown (Natalie Wood) and her best-selling book Sex and the Single Girl. Bob needs to interview Helen, but she refuses to see him. Bob impersonates one of her neighbors, Frank Broderick (Henry Fonda), as a ruse in order to see her on the pretext of marital counseling. After several meetings, Bob attempts to seduce her, but she resists; then he phones her and claims he's about to commit suicide by jumping off a local pier. Horrified, she rushes out to save him, but the two accidentally fall off the pier together and then head back to Helen's apartment to dry out. Bob plies Helen with martinis. Rip-roaring drunk, Helen confesses her love for Bob. He assures her it's fine, since he's not legally married, but Helen doesn't believe him and asks to meet his wife, Sylvia (Lauren Bacall). This leads to an endless series of complications, capped off by a wild chase to the Los Angeles airport.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Tony Curtis
as Bob Weston
Natalie Wood
as Helen Brown
Henry Fonda
as Frank
Mel Ferrer
as Dr. Rudolph 'Rudy'
Lauren Bacall
as Sylvia
Fran Jeffries
as Gretchen
Larry Storch
as Motorcycle Cop
Stubby Kaye
as Helen's Cabbie
Otto Kruger
as Dr. Anderson
Howard St. John
as George Randall
Max Showalter
as Holmes
William Lanteau
as Sylvester
Helen Kleeb
as Hilda
Burt Mustin
as Harvey
Cheerio Meredith
as Elderly Woman
Phil Garris
as Young Man
Paul Bryar
as Toll Gate Guard
Edmund Glover
as Dr. Chickering
Fredd Wayne
as Production Man
Charles Morton
as Board Member
Irving Steinberg
as Board Member
Tom Harkness
as Board Member
Jerry Martin
as Board Member
Sheila Stephenson
as Board Member
George E. Carey
as Board Member
Tom Quine
as Board Member
Paddi O'Hara
as Strange Woman
Frank Baker
as Pretzel Vendor
Curly Klein
as Sylvia's Cabbie
Mary Kovacs
as Woman
Philip Garris
as Young Man
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Critic Reviews for Sex and the Single Girl

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

As usual in this type of farce, male and female leads have fewer comic lines than supporting players. But Curtis registers exceptionally well when detailing supposed marital problems to adviser.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Top Critic

Graceless stuff, criminally wasting Bacall and Fonda as a couple with marital problems (they're in love, but constantly quarrelling), and with Quine's moderate flair for comedy nowhere in evidence.

June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Spain never looked lovelier, but the banal romances of the lightweight principals in this retooled vehicle make the trip wholly unnecessary.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

In a small role as a production man, note Wayne, who appears as Benjamin Franklin in a superb one-man show around the world. Storch also turns in a neat cameo as a motorcycle cop.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
TV Guide

1964 sexual revolution fodder, with some slapstick for redemption.

March 2, 2008

Audience Reviews for Sex and the Single Girl

A silly 60s film, but so fun to watch. Although that era produced a lot of fluff, i find myself really enjoying the campy Hollywood material.

Vadim Dyment
Vadim Dyment

***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 feel just like Jack Lemmon did in that movie where he dressed up like a girl." HAH!! Perhaps it's because Tony Curtis references one of my favorite movies, I do love this movie. (However, in no way does Tony Curtis look like Jack Lemmon...) Anyway, it was weird, it was funny, it was sweet, it was strange, it had the best car chase seen ever. I LOVED IT! I'd watch this again in a heart beat.

Jennifer D
Jennifer D

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