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Phffft (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 10 November 1954 (USA)
While pursing new companions, a former married couple keep running into one another all over town.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writer:

George Axelrod (story & screen play)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Judy Holliday ... Nina Tracey
Jack Lemmon ... Robert Tracey
Jack Carson ... Charlie Nelson
Kim Novak ... Janis
Luella Gear ... Edith Chapman
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Dr. Van Kessel
Donald Curtis ... Rick Vidal
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Storyline

After eight years of marriage, Robert and Nina divorce. He takes up with his womanising Navy buddy Charlie Nelson while she looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Both start dating other people, but although they try and ignore each other whenever they accidentally meet, it is obvious the past is not dead. Then one night they find themselves in a nightclub doing the mambo together. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phffft! See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

When Nina and Rick are leaving Nina's Mother's apartment which is on Park Avenue in New York City, there is no median in the center of Park Avenue which separates the uptown and downtown traffic. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Nelson: A mustache is a very important thing. That's part of the famous Charlie Nelson theory in the efficacy of face hair in dealing with the opposite sex.
Robert Tracey: [Slightly taken aback] What?
Charlie Nelson: Always remember this: dames become unpredictable when faced with a mustache. It both arouses, and angers them, because... being as it is a symbol of masculinity, they feel drawn toward it.
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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Whimisical updating of the Awful Truth
13 April 2001 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

The four stars make a marvelous quadrangle, and the physical comedy is great. My one disappointment is Richard Quine's direction. Lemmon must've liked him because they did at least 3 movies together, but he always seems to be trying to unexplicably extract pathos out of screwball situations, and this technique quickly wears thin. That aside, still a lot of fun.


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