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Dean Martin stars in this once-controversial comedy as Dino, a Las Vegas crooner, alcoholic, and celebrity playboy. Dino requires women like oxygen -- a companionless night leaves him with a headache. Ray Walston is Orville, a provincial piano teacher, aspiring songwriter, and jealous husband. Orville violently obsesses over his wife Zelda's (Felicia Farr) fidelity -- any man she encounters becomes his sworn enemy. When a chance detour brings Dino to Orville's hometown of Climax, NV, it is the perfect opportunity for the piano teacher and his songwriting partner, Barney (Cliff Osmond), to pitch their tunes. Yet, Orville predictably fears the possible combination of Dino's libido with Zelda's childhood crush on the singer. Before the two can meet, Orville deceitfully bullies Zelda out of their house and Barney hires local roadhouse prostitute Polly the Pistol (Kim Novak) to pose as Orville's wife. Zelda turns to drink for solace, ending up at the exact bar where Polly plies her trade and, eventually, in the call girl's empty trailer. By the next morning, Orville is with Polly and Dino (looking for a prostitute) finds his way to Zelda -- and husband, wife, hooker, and Barney will all reap the benefits of infidelity. As indicated, this picture (which endured numerous complications on its long journey to the screen, including Walston's replacement of ailing star Peter Sellers) drew a great deal of attention upon release, most of it overwhelmingly negative. The Catholic League of Decency gave it a "condemned" rating (the first one applied since the 1956 Baby Doll), the picture was charged with debauchery, and movie theaters across the nation discontinued its run. This bed-trick comedy had America's panties tied in a knot, with many arguing that one could not imagine a story so distasteful. As a reflection on changing mores and standards, though, it was rated GP in 1970 (eventually changed to PG-13 in 1994). ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

  • Release date:December 22, 1964

Cast

Dean Martin
as Dino
Kim Novak
as Polly The Pistol
Ray Walston
as Orville J. Spooner
Felicia Farr
as Zelda "Lambchop" Spooner
Cliff Osmond
as Barney Millsap
Barbara Pepper
as Big Bertha
Doro Merande
as Mrs. Pettibone
Howard McNear
as Mr. Pettibone
Bobo Lewis
as Waitress
Tom Nolan
as Johnnie Mulligan
John Fiedler
as Rev. Carruthers
Henry Beckman
as Truck Driver
Mary Jane Saunders
Alice Pearce
as Mrs. Mulligan
Arlen Stuart
as Rosalie Schultz
Cliff Norton
as Mack Gray
Mel Blanc
as Dr. Sheldrake
Bernd Hoffmann
as Barkeeper
Henry Gibson
as Smith
Alan Dexter
as Wesson
Cliff Norton
as Mack Gray
Mel Blanc
as Dr. Sheldrake
Henry Gibson
as Smith
Bernd Hoffmann
as Barkeeper
Alice Pearce
as Mrs. Mulligan
Arlen Stuart
as Rosalie Schultz

Crew

Billy Wilder
Director
Billy Wilder
Producer
Billy Wilder
Screenwriter
Anna Bonacci
Play Author
I.A.L. Diamond
Screenwriter
Joseph La Shelle
Cinematographer
George Gershwin
Featured Music
Ira Gershwin
Featured Music
Andre Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Dan Mandell
Editor
Alexandre Trauner
Production Designer
Robert Luthardt
Art Director
I.A.L. Diamond
Associate Producer
Doane Harrison
Associate Producer
Wes Jeffries
Costume Designer
Clem Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Milt Rice
Special Effects
Wally Green
Choreography
Lynn Stalmaster
Casting
Emile LaVigne
Makeup
Loren Cosand
Makeup
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