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That Certain Feeling (1956)

| Comedy | July 1956 (USA)
Divorced comic strip cartoonist Francis X. Dignan is hired as a ghost-writer by pompous client Larry Larkin who happens to be the fiancé of Dignan's ex-wife.

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William Altman (screenplay), Eleanor Brooke (play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Francis X. Dignan
Eva Marie Saint ... Dunreath Henry
George Sanders ... Larry Larkin
Pearl Bailey ... Augusta aka Gussie
David Lewis ... Joe Wickes
Al Capp ... Al Capp
Jerry Mathers ... Norman Taylor
Herbert Rudley ... Doctor Summers
Florenz Ames ... Senator Winston
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Storyline

When Larry Larkin's comic strip needs some freshening up, he calls in ghost-writer Francis X. Dignan to help him with the strip. Things get complicated when Francis rekindles his love for his ex-wife, who happens to be Larkin's secretary and soon-to-be wife. Written by laird-3

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Taglines:

ALL THE ALL-OUT LAUGHTER THAT MADE IT A SMASH HIT ON THE BROADWAY STAGE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of Hearts See more »

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Hope Enterprises, P & F See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Hope's adopted daughter, Linda Hope, briefly appears; however, she had no lines and was standing at a filing cabinet with her back to the camera. See more »

Quotes

Joe Wickes: Say, how'd you finish the episode?
Francis X. Dignan: Snips kicks Runty, robs a liquor store, shoves his grandmother down the stairs, sets fire to the orphanage and shoots himself in the head. He's been under a strain.
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Soundtracks

That Certain Feeling
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed during the opening credits by Pearl Bailey, later reprised by Bob Hope
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Feels Like Fun
3 August 2006 | by cunningpalSee all my reviews

This well-acted mid-nineteen fifties comedy with its star-studded cast is engaging and full of funny lines and situations. In the case of Pearl Bailey, still looking young, slim and attractive in her late thirties, it is also well sung. Her humorous asides to Eva Marie Saint's character ("Are you all right, Honey?") as she serenades Dignan (Bob Hope) and Dunreith after dinner, in the role of their maid, Gussie, are very amusing. The song she sings is "Zing! went the strings of my heart." A very young Jerry Mathers will tug at your heartstrings as a little boy being adopted by a famous cartoonist. George Sanders acted the part of the self-deceiving and self-promoting cartoonist Larry Larkin to the limit and beyond, but it all comes together in this light-hearted and entertaining movie. One memorable scene has Bob Hope, with a ukulele and straw hat, sitting in a canoe on a very long sofa, preparing to sing the title tune. If you missed the film when it came out, it's well worth a look, fifty years later.


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