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Sex and the Single Girl [1964]

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  • Actors: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Mel Ferrer
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QJL4EU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,456 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


PLOT SUMMARY: SHE WROTE THE BOOK ON LOVE - Did she or didn't she? 'Snoopy' magazine editor Bob Weston (Tony Curtis) wants to know if 'Sex and the Single Girl' author Helen Gurley Brown (Natalie Wood) based her book on, ahem, personal research. So he gets very personal to find out himself! Curtis and Wood square off for a breezy battle of the sexes in this romp inspired by Brown's best seller. Veteran stars join in the comic combat. Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall deftly, deliciously play the warring couple next door to Bob. Mel Ferrer, Edward Everett Horton and Count Basie also get caught in the hilarious will-she/won't-she, should-she/shouldn't-she crossfire. 'Sex and the Single Girl' - watch it from cover to cover. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release by WARNER HOME VIDEO for the UK market (Region 2 PAL format). The film is presented in FULL COLOUR and in WIDESCREEN format (16:9 ratio) and runs for a total of 109 minutes. AUDIO on the DVD is either the original ENGLISH language with SPANISH or GERMAN dubbed options too. SUBTITLES on the disc are English, German, Spanish, Norwegian or Swedish. EXTRAS are the film's original theatrical trailer and the Oscar nominated cartoon "Nelly's Folly".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Alles on 8 Nov. 2010
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Brilliant. the type of sixties comedy that Tony Curtis excelled in.Ably abetted by Natalie Wood and Henry Fonda among many other comedy actors.Noteworthy is Larry Storch as a frustrated motorcycle cop going mad in the last few minutes of the film
Well worth the price of the DVD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2013
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I can not believe that Helen Gurley Brown would let them make this farce based on her book. Now let see if we can straiten the out before it gets confused.

Sylvia and Frank Broderick (Lauren Bacall and Henry Fonda) are a couple in live that are always bickering as to if Frank has a roving eye.
Helen Gurley Brown (Natalie Wood) writes her famous book.
Bob Weston working for an unscrupulous magazine is tasked with getting the good on Helen. He uses Frank's and Sylvia's problems pretending he is frank to accomplish the mission.

Throw in another physiologist a few women some tickets to Figgie and Florida. A lot of misconceptions and one of the best carmaker cycle, ice cream truck, cab, and etc. scenes ever made.

Will it all work out in the end?
Will it ever end?

They try real hard to make it campy and use intentionally exaggerated acting. For some reason it works.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Natalie at her peak! 29 Dec. 2004
By Joseph A. Admire - Published on
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Natalie Wood reached the zenith of her career in the early 1960's and this is a perfect showcase for her at her absolute best in acting and beauty. _Sex and the Single Girl_ doesn't, of course, have much to do with the actual book, but it's pretty damned funny, reaching its peak of cheerful absurdity during the last 20 minutes with a chaotic chase up and down L.A.'s freeways. Tony Curtis, as also in _The Great Race_, provides a droll comic partner/romantic interest for Natalie, and Henry Fonda and Lauren Bacall are delicious as the battling couple who can't live with or without each other. Sparkling example of the early-'60's sex-comedy genre.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
classic late 60's comedy, some attitudes are outdated 20 Mar. 2001
By Marc Scarfone - Published on
As a youth living in the Windsor,Ontario, Canada area I enjoyed watching the selection of 60's and 70's movies that the old independent WDIV Detroit channel 50 used to broadcast. One of my fondest recollections was watching this perky, happy, comedy. A decade and a half later I decided to purchase the movie to see if it lived up to my memories...
There is excellent on-screen chemistry between Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood. Bacall and Fonda were also well cast in supporting roles. (Fonda, as a panyhouse salesman, must look at women's legs to keep on eye on the competition. Bacall, his wife and former panyhouse model is jealous because she thinks its for pleasure and not business)
Mel Ferrer is also cast in the movie. I remember seeing him portray King Arthur in the 50's(?) movie, "Knights of the Round Table".
What I really enjoyed about the movie (besides the character interactions) was the use of detail to poke fun at the burgeoning consumer/automated society of the time. The scene where the Stop Magazine CEO must insert coins to drink from the machine only to get a bare mouthful of water sets the stage for later humourous scenes. At lunch time, Tony Curtis and a co-worker insert coins into vending machines to get their coffee, food and dessert. Tony concludes the scene by saying "This one's on me" by placing the tip into another slot. In the bathrooms coins are also needed to use the facilities. They must rush to make full use of water and to make haste to comb their hair because the mirrors are on a timer.
The movie was an excellent 1960's piece in that it gives the viewer a glimpse into the values and style of that period. The scene with Fonda and Bacall dancing at their wedding anniversary was a real eye opener. I'm sure that that style of dancing was hip then, but today...
After telling my fiance about the movie, she watched it with me. She didn't like it as much as I did. The movie portrayed the secretary as the sexual plaything of the boss and the ending had Helen Brown setting aside her practice to get married and raise children. To my fiance's Y2K mind set, she found such notions outdated.
Despite these comments, I found the movie quite enjoyable. If you like 60's movies, then you will find that this is one of the best comedy's of that period.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Finally! 27 Dec. 2008
By B. Cipolla - Published on
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I've waited years for this movie in DVD format and am thrilled to see that it will finally be released on February 3. This is a fun, lighthearted movie that is perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. If you enjoy 60's comedies, this is a great movie to add to your collection.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A reminder of more innocent times... 2 July 2010
By BH - Published on
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This is an example of a delightful comedy that hearkens back to a time when the world seemed much more innocent than it is today. The book takes its title from the Helen Gurley Brown opus of the same name. In typical sixties fashion, there is nothing sexually lurid suggested in the movie. The movie teases rather than gratuitously depicts, suggests but does not lay bare, beckons its viewers but does not slam the door behind them.
The stars shine equally brightly in this one. Tony Curtis, ever suave and sophisticated, tempers his delivery with all the coyness of the office boy's slap. Natalie Wood, breathtakingly beautiful and all so sincere, acts as the perfect foil to Curtis. She is so innocent you cannot help but want to believe everything that she says.When she bats her eyes and pleads for forgiveness you know that both Curtis and the viewer cannot help but cave in to her.
The other principles are universally charming. Edward Everett Horton, Lauren Bacall, along with Mel Ferrer are all three the epitome of sixties cosmopolitan. The major surprise, though, is Henry Fonda. His deadpan delivery is right on, and he steals every scene he's in.
Sure, it's mostly a light confection, but this tasty treat goes down easily. There are even a few (dare I say it?)brilliantly staged scenes. For example, when Curtis is in the process of being interviewed by Wood, he needs to fabricate a description of his sex life as he goes along during the questioning. He does so quite skillfully, incorporating the various psychological states depicted by the artful renderings framed on the office walls, enabling him to finally state the nature of his problem and the reason for his visit. He's ashamed that he's "sexually inadequate". Natalie rejoices after Tony's admission, she knows she can help him with THAT problem!
The viewer of this movie is reminded that laughs do not necessarily have to be generated by obscenity or slapstick. There is an ever present gentle humor running throughout the movie that enlists witty dialogue and clever stagings. The movies is extremely sixties in its look, and the sixties never looked so good as they do in this film!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Steve 11 April 2001
By Steve - Published on
Unmine this gem of a classic and you'll be happy you did! The sex farce at it's high point in the 60s, Sex and the Single Girl is non-stop laughter. Lauren Bacall, steals every scene she's in (where was her Supporting Actress nomination for this role?)as the jealous, shrew of a wife to Henry Fonda (alway top notch) as a maker of ladies nylon garmets, the two together are just magic. Sexy Nataline Wood and handsome Tony Curtis ignite the sparks and a supporting cast of zannies make this one of the funniest you'll see. Turn the sound off and just watch the laughs on one of the best freeway chase scenes of a all time. How about a DVD with the surviving cast members stories and any outtakes in the vaults?
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