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Saturday, February 11, 2006

That Touch of Mink

That Touch of Mink is a romantic comedy from 1962. Doris Day was 38 years old when she made this film that won Best Motion Picture-Comedy at the Golden Globes, and the Writers Guild of America Best Written American Comedy for that year. The romantic male lead is Cary Grant, who was 58 at the time of the movie.

Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) is a beautiful woman looking for work in New York City. Her best friend Connie (Audrey Meadows) gives her advice about her love life, sometimes at the curious restaurant where she works.

One rainy day Philip Shayne (Cary Grant) is being chauffeured in his car, and it splashes a puddle of water on Cathy quite badly. He wants to apologize to her and so sends his associate Roger (Gig Young) to find her. Roger is a very funny character in this movie, constantly in analysis, which was really big back then.

Roger finds Cathy and brings her up to Philip’s offices. Philip quickly invites her to spend the day with him, and Cathy goes along, as she is completely smitten with him. During this day with Philip, Cathy watches him deliver a great speech to the United Nations, and they attend a baseball game where three famous Yankees have cameo roles in the movie.

At the end of the day, Philip invites Cathy to accompany him on a trip to Bermuda and then to Paris, etc. Cathy has to think this over, because what Philip is lacking in his invitation is a marriage proposal. She eventually decides to go through with it, and Philip sends her shopping for clothes. This story is a bit like Pretty Woman, but without the sex. Cathy must get really tired defending her virtue all the time, whereas Julia Roberts never had to.

John Astin has a role playing Mr. Beasley at the unemployment office who has his sights on Cathy, and he figures prominently at the end of the film. It is a cute, funny comedy, and if you just want some light entertainment and a reminder of what the world was like in the early 60’s, That Touch of Mink is the one for you.

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