The Thrill of It All

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This amusing romantic comedy concerns Dr. Gerald Boyer (James Garner), a successful gynecologist with a wife and two children. Wife Beverly (Doris Day) focuses on maintaining the household and watching the kids. One of Gerald's patients, Mrs. Fraleigh (Arlene Francis), overhears Beverly talking up a new product she's discovered called 'Happy Soap' - whose manufacturer just happens to be Mrs. Fraleigh's father-in-law, Old Tom Fraleigh (Reginald Owen). She introduces Beverly to him; hugely impressed, the old man offers her $80,000 a year to pitch a new product called "Happy Soap." Beverly's career takes her away from her family responsibilities and causes a series of comedic commotions for Gerald and the kids. He comes home from work one morning and accidentally drives his convertible into a freshly dug swimming pool ordered by Beverly without his knowledge. The furious physician throws a bevy of boxes of Happy Soap into the pool, causing the house to be engulfed in suds by morning (which the kids mistake for snow). The family maid Olivia (Zasu Pitts) is nearly driven crazy with the events and has many harried scenes of comedic frustration. Directed by Norman Jewison, this thouroughly engaging comedy was written by Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner. Reiner provides the screenplay for the feature which turned out to be the last film appearance of Zasu Pitts. With her passing marked the end of a long and successful career as a comedic and well respected actress that began in 1917.


James Garner
as Dr. Gerald Boyer
Arlene Francis
as Mrs. Fraleigh
Edward Andrews
as Gardiner Fraleigh
Reginald Owen
as Old Tom Fraleigh
Zasu Pitts
as Olivia
Elliott Reid
as Mike Palmer
Kym Karath
as Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash
as Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau
as Mrs. Goethe
Paul Hartman
as Dr. Taylor
Hayden Rorke
as Billings
Alex Gerry
as Stokely
Anne Newman
as Miss Thompson
Robert Strauss
as 1st Truck Driver
Maurice Gosfield
as Truck Driver
Lenny Kent
as Cabbie
John Alderman
as Mr. Caputo
Alice Pearce
as Irving's
Carl Reiner
as German Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Thrill of It All

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

  • Ultimately it is in the design and engineering of cumulative sight gag situations that Thrill of It All excels.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Frothy romantic comedy with Garner taking over from Rock Hudson as Day's foil.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I don't want to give you the impression that The Thrill of It All is a great film. I just want to tell you it is loaded with good, clean American laughs.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Another in a surprisingly good series of romantic comedies starring Doris Day from producers Ross Hunter and Martin Melcher.

    May 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Not exactly the most biting satire on gender roles/the power of advertising, but mildy amusing all the same.

    May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Thrill of It All

  • Oct 17, 2013
    Doris Day made a lot of movies that were a lot better than people knew and so many of them went practically unnoticed. A prime example was the 1963 comedy THE THRILL OF IT ALL, which starred Doris as Beverly Boyer, the wife of a doctor (James Garner), who, quite accidentally, becomes a television spokesperson for a product called "Happy Soap" and becomes an overnight celebrity much to the consternation of her husband. Day is at the height of her charm here as she is completely winning as the housewife thrown into the celebrity spotlight and doesn't really know how to handle it. Garner matches her note for note as the slightly chauvinistic husband who would rather have his wife at home. There is also a lovely supporting turn by Arlene Francis as a friend of Doris' who Doris actually helps to give birth in a cab and Carl Reiner (who also co-wrote the screenplay) has an amusing set of cameos as the star of the show where Happy Soap is advertised. A warm family comedy that showcases brilliantly why the world loved Doris Day...and still does. 3 Stars 10-14-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2009
    Oh my goodness, this is such an adorable, underrated movie! You wouldn't expect a wholesome Doris Day film to be this clever and refreshing. It addresses the concept of female empowerment in a very mom-and-pop quaint kinda way. I love the mod-retro look of this movie too. Honestly, you can't create that kind of atmosphere anymore. I account this to Jewison's revolutionary filmmaking attitude of the time.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2007
    Cute, but not as amazing as I'd hoped coming from the pen of Carl Reiner and Larry Gelbart. However, the bubbles gag is hilarious.
    Ken S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2007
    good jabs at advertising
    jay n Super Reviewer

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