The 2nd Agnes Moorehead Blogathon – Bachelor in Paradise (1961)


This is the final of three posts dedicated to The Second Agnes Moorehead Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood. Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

(Crystal is unfortunately currently in a coma, so Gill Of RealWeegiemidget is taking over handling this blogathon.  Best of health to Crystal and she should be in all of our prayers for a quick and speedy recovery.)

“Americans are so accustomed to being told everything, that even at a ballgames, they bring their radios so the announcer can explain what their seeing” – Adam J. Niles

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – The author of risque books on how to seduce women moves into a small American suburb and after quickly befriending the women on the block is suspected by their husbands of being a philanderer eventhough he just wants to give advice to these women on how to deepen their own relationships.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before seeking out films to watch for this blogathon.

The fact that it stars Bob Hope is what hooked me right away because I was curious to see how he would fare in such a role.

This is a really fun film that works on numerous levels and stays enjoyable throughout due to the various comedy of errors that happens along the way.

The film utilizes great dialogue filled with lots of innuendo to tell this story and that helps make things even more engaging.

The story is presented really well and they do a wonderful job establish a very ambiguous story line that is based on what is said and what is not said equally.

Hope is perfectly cast in the lead role and helps keep his character seeming more virtuous than expected given his somewhat sleazy profession.

The supporting cast also help make things so much fun to watch because the comedy of errors snowballs out of control while still staying enjoyable.

Loved seeing Jim Hutton in this film and it’s amazing seeing how much he resembles his son, Timothy.

Agnes Moorehead also is great here even tough she has a relatively small role here.

She definitely steals the few scenes she is in as a flashy no nonsense judge during the film’s climax.

Bottom Line – Fun Hope film that works because of the various innuendos and dialogue. The way that this script is presented works so well in helping to establish an ambiguous look at the storyline because of what they say and what they don’t say here. Hope is perfect in the title role and really manages to not come across sleazy in all that he does here. The supporting cast is great and hep the comedy of errors in the film move along really smoothly. Love seeing Hutton in this film and he truly resembles his son.  Moorehead has a small yet flashy part here as a no nonsense judge in the climactic scene of the film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dodger Stadium is listed as a filming location but was not opened until a year later. The footage used is that of Yankee Stadium. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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3 thoughts on “The 2nd Agnes Moorehead Blogathon – Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

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