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This amusing romantic comedy concerns Dr. Gerald Boyer (James Garner), a successful gynecologist with a wife and two children. Wife Beverly (Doris Day) focuses on maintaining the household and watching the kids. One of Gerald's patients, Mrs. Fraleigh (Arlene Francis), overhears Beverly talking up a new product she's discovered called 'Happy Soap' - whose manufacturer just happens to be Mrs. Fraleigh's father-in-law, Old Tom Fraleigh (Reginald Owen). She introduces Beverly to him; hugely impressed, the old man offers her $80,000 a year to pitch a new product called "Happy Soap." Beverly's career takes her away from her family responsibilities and causes a series of comedic commotions for Gerald and the kids. He comes home from work one morning and accidentally drives his convertible into a freshly dug swimming pool ordered by Beverly without his knowledge. The furious physician throws a bevy of boxes of Happy Soap into the pool, causing the house to be engulfed in suds by morning (which the kids mistake for snow). The family maid Olivia (Zasu Pitts) is nearly driven crazy with the events and has many harried scenes of comedic frustration. Directed by Norman Jewison, this thouroughly engaging comedy was written by Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner. Reiner provides the screenplay for the feature which turned out to be the last film appearance of Zasu Pitts. With her passing marked the end of a long and successful career as a comedic and well respected actress that began in 1917. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Doris Day
as Beverly Boyer
James Garner
as Dr. Gerald Boyer
Edward Andrews
as Gardiner Fraleigh
ZaSu Pitts
as Olivia, maid
Reginald Owen
as Old Tom Fraleigh
Elliott Reid
as Mike Palmer
Alice Pearce
as Woman in Car
Kym Karath
as Maggie Boyer
Brian Nash
as Andy Boyer
Lucy Landau
as Mrs. Goethe
Hayden Rorke
as Billings, yes man
Alex Gerry
as Stokely
Anne Newman
as Miss Thompson
Burt Mustin
as Butler
Hedley Mattingly
as Chauffeur
Robert Strauss
as 1st Truck Driver
Maurice Gosfield
as Truck Driver
William Bramley
as Driver
Pamela Curran
as Starlet
Herbie Faye
as Man
Lenny Kent
as Cabbie
John Alderman
as Mr. Caputo
Carl Reiner
Lennie Weinrib


Norman Jewison
Martin Melcher
Ross Hunter
Carl Reiner
Larry Gelbart
Screen Story
Russell Metty
Frederick Herbert
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank De Vol
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Howard Bristol
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer