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The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 23 August 1957 (Ireland)
When a movie star is kidnapped, everyone thinks it's a publicity stunt. It's not.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Sylvia Tate (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Laurel Stevens
Keenan Wynn ... Dandy
Ralph Meeker ... Mike Valla
Fred Clark ... Police Sergeant McBride
Una Merkel ... Bertha
Benay Venuta ... Daisy Parker
Robert Harris ... Barney Baylies (as Robert H. Harris)
Bob Kelley Bob Kelley ... Television Announcer
Dick Haynes ... Disc Jockey
John Truax John Truax ... Publicity Agent
Milton Frome ... Police Lieutenant Dempsey
Adolphe Menjou ... Arthur Martin
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Storyline

Laurel Srevens (Jane Russell) is a movie star who's kidnapped by a pair of desperate amateurs - Mike Valla (Ralph Meeker) and "Dandy" (Keenan Wynn). But the pair get cold feet, and decide to let her go. Worried abut the effect a faked kidnapping would have on her career, Laurel tells them they've got to go through with it. She points out she'd been party to a number of outrageous publicity stunts during her career, and since they abducted her on the eve of the release of her newest film, "The Kidnapped Bride," she fears her career will collapse, unless they make the kidnapping appear real. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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POLCE HINT PUBLICITY STUNT! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noiva Raptada See more »

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Production Co:

Russ-Field Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role was actually written with Marilyn Monroe in mind, but by the time this picture was ready, Marilyn had already decided to pursue "more serious" roles. So her "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes co-star," Jane Russell, who was also co-producer, played it herself. See more »

Quotes

Laurel Stevens: Look, what have you got against me, anyway?
Mike Valla: I don't like phonies.
Laurel Stevens: So what's phony?
Mike Valla: You! Big man expert, phony act, phony everything.
Laurel Stevens: This just happens to be a legitimate article. People pay good money to look at it.
Mike Valla: [Scoffing] "Look." When I was a kid there was a little weasel who ran a candy store on Coney Island. Sundays and holidays he'd put a big sign in the window, "Free Bubble Gum." Only, the store was always closed. Next day the price went right up out of the market. I never got enough of...
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Edie Adams & Jane Russell (1957) See more »

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Uninspired romantic comedy is a dud of the first order...
29 July 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

JANE RUSSELL, wearing the worst looking blonde wig since Barbara Stanwyck went blonde for "Double Indemnity", does nothing to enhance the reputation she had after "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", wherein she sometimes stole scenes from Marilyn Monroe and Charles Coburn. Here she plays a ditsy actress supposedly a blonde bombshell whose latest film is about a kidnapped bride.

Here she's not exactly a scene-stealer--in fact, her performance is rather strained and only improves after she takes off that horrendous wig. Then, it improves considerably.

No help is the script, a tiresome thing that is silly from the start and wastes some talented people--like ADOLPHE MENJOU, RALPH MEEKER and KEENAN WYNN. Meeker seems so uninterested in his role that it shows. Badly.

Meeker and Wynn are partners in a kidnapping scheme that fails to go smoothly because Russell is a regular spitfire who proves hard to handle, until she decides the kidnapping would be good publicity for her latest film. The script only gets worse as it goes along, with only FRED CLARK able to put some laughs into a brief supporting role.

Summing up: A really clumsy script, it does nothing for the careers of Russell, Meeker or Wynn who have all done better elsewhere.


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