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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Come September (1961)

A wealthy American (Rock Hudson) owns a plush villa on the Italian Riviera. He spends every September there with his Italian mistress (Gina Lollobrigida). When he arrives in July however, he finds his caretaker (Walter Slezak) has been using the villa as a hotel and pocketing the profits and the current guests are a gaggle of American teenage girls and their stern chaperone (Brenda De Banzie). When some American college boys find the girls, trouble follows. One of the best romantic comedies of the 1960s, the film isn't hampered at all by its dated sexual attitudes which, if anything, add to the film's charm. Hudson proves why, even without Doris Day, he was the premier romcom leading man of that decade. Lollobrigida also displays her comedic timing to advantage. Add the adorable Sandra Dee to the mix, you've got yourself a winner! William Daniels (CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF) shooting in CinemaScope takes full advantage of the lush Italian location and Morton Haack's eye popping costumes display every one of Lollobrigida's curves. Directed by Robert Mulligan (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD). With Bobby Darin (who would marry Dee before the film came out), Joel Grey, Rossana Rory, Ronald Howard and Joan Freeman.

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