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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Lover Come Back (1961)

When a Madison Avenue advertising executive (Doris Day) finds out her rival (Rock Hudson), who she's never met, at another ad agency is stealing clients by supplying them with girls and alcohol, she attempts to bring him before the Ad Council for discipline. In retaliation, he pretends to be a prospective client with the intention to seduce her. Directed by Delbert Mann (MARTY), this stays close to the successful formula of the previous Hudson/Day hit PILLOW TALK (1959). Once again, Hudson is a satyr who pretends to be someone else in order to get Day into his bed and damn if it doesn't work perfectly all over again. The sex farce plot may be familiar but the Oscar nominated screenplay pushes the sexual innuendos a little further and the expert playing of Day and Hudson make this a bubbly comic treat. Wisely, the third Hudson/Day collaboration realized it had milked this cow for it was worth and went the domestic sitcom route with their next, SEND ME NO FLOWERS. With Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Jack Kruschen, Jack Albertson, Donna Douglas and Ann B. Davis. 

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