The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

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A teenage American girl while visiting her father, is thrown into London society during the "Debutante Season".


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  • Sandra Dee and John Saxon in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
  • Sandra Dee and Rex Harrison in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
  • Sandra Dee and John Saxon in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
  • Kay Kendall and John Saxon in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
  • Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)
  • John Saxon in The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

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6 May 2004 | gregorybnyc
Nobody Mentioned the Costumes
I can't add much to what has already been said of this delightful movie. But nobody has mentioned the costumes. It's astonishing to note that Balmain created the dresses for both Kay Kendall and Angela Lansbury. Nearly 50 years later, Kendall still looks ravishingly current in her haute couture day and evening wear. The magnificent red dress she wears in the first party scene is a perfect example and she had the stunning figure to enhance these wonderful costumes. Angela, who had a nifty figure herself, is a more full-figured woman. She's also playing a nasty bitch in this film, and her costumes reflect this aspect of her personality. Instead of looking chic, she looks dowdy.

Sandra Dee's costumes were created by MGM's Helen Rose. I didn't care for any of her daytime wear which was very much a product of the 50s, but it is with gowns that Rose's talent shines, and there's a lovely blue gown with tiny blue bows in the final scenes of this movie that you really notice, and Dee wears the dress like the prom queen she was.

Rex Harrison could wear stylish men's clothing with panache, and he does so here too.

I love this sophisticated movie, which I only discovered a few years ago. And the interior sets are equally beautiful.

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