Boys’ Night Out (1962)

“When it comes to sex, men can’t help lying and women can’t keep from telling the truth. I don’t know which is worse.” – Cathy

Number of Times Seen – Twice (22 Jul 2001 and 5 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Four businessmen bored with their lives decide to set up an apartment in the city with a young girl where they can each have one night a week to spend with her, unfortunately, they don’t realize that she only agreed to the arrangement in order to complete her sociology thesis about middle aged men.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago and quite enjoyed it.

Upon rewatching it tho, it was hard not to see that while the premise itself is quite interesting, it loses it’s edge quite quickly and the film meanders along too slowly and even gets boring throughout most of its runtime.

This film has a great cast and I loved seeing both James Garner and Tony Randall but none of the characters have enough to do besides feel like stereotypical males and females of the time frame portrayed.

The subject matter of the film might have been considered quite risque or taboo at the time that it was made, but this is too tame compared to films nowadays and in some scenes feels too laughable to even consider the situations which obviously takes away from any impact this film can have.

I did like the fact that in some ways this film feels like a nice companion piece to The Apartment (1960), but still doesn’t come close to being anywhere near enjoyable.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that gets boring quite quickly. The cast is great, but they don’t have much to do and depsite the fact that the subject matter might have been much more risque and taboo at the time, it seems way too tame nowadays and just doesn’t work well.  I did like the fact that in some ways this film seems like a companion piece to The Apartment (1960). Fun seeing Garner and Randall in this film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally, the movie’s title song was to be sung by Frank Sinatra. His version was recorded on March 6, 1962, almost three months before the film’s premiere. At last wind, Patti Page recorded her version which was initially optioned for use while Sinatra’s original languished in the Columbia vaults until 1995 when his Reprise box-set was issued. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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3 thoughts on “Boys’ Night Out (1962)

  1. Any comparison to the Apartment, however glancing, is a gross overstatement. I remember this one fondly as well – watching it on TV when I was younger. It was about as risque then as now – sort of a Doris Day/Rock Hudson once removed. All it showed was that Novak was a lot smarter than all the guys combined and the whole premise was undercut with Garner being the only unmarried man in the deal. Good cast though.


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