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Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

An attractive widow (Doris Day) working at an aeronautics research think tank catches the eye of a top executive (Rod Taylor) at the top secret laboratory. However, it isn't long before suspicion falls upon her as a spy working for the Russians. Directed by Frank Tashlin (THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT) who brings his requisite cartoonist's sensibility to the satiric proceedings. Day once again shows why audiences adored her in the 60s though truth to tell, she was getting a bit mature for parts like this. Thankfully, since she's playing a widow, at least they didn't saddle her down with kids. The film's comedic highlight is a farcical cocktail party with Dom De Luise as a wimpy American working for the Soviets and Paul Lynde as security officer going undercover in drag. The film's obvious slapstick gags and broad humor may not be to everyone's liking but for fans of Day and/or Tashlin, it's a tasty cocktail. With Arthur Godfrey, Dick Martin (LAUGH IN), Eric Fleming, Edward Andrews, John McGiver, Ellen Corby, Elisabeth Fraser, Robert Vaughn (as Napoleon Solo) and Alice Pearce and George Tobias doing a riff on the couple they played on TV's BEWITCHED.     

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