Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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A bachelor author of sleazy books moves to a family-oriented subdivision where he becomes an unofficial relationship advisor to unhappy local housewives, to the dismay of their respective husbands who suspect him of sexual misconduct.



  • Bob Hope and Janis Paige in Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
  • Bob Hope and Lana Turner in Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
  • Bob Hope and Lana Turner in Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
  • Bob Hope and Paula Prentiss in Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
  • Lana Turner in Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
  • Bob Hope in Bachelor in Paradise (1961)

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22 November 1999 | Joel I
Hope vehicle is not great but has some rewards
This is the most sophisticated of the later Bob Hope comedies, which may seem like faint praise. But "Bachelor in Paradise" is a mildly enjoyable satire of suburban mores in the late 50's-early 60's. Hope is well cast as author A. J. Niles, who is doing undercover research in an upscale tract community for his book on sex in suburbia. The husbands mistakenly think that Hope is romancing their wives while they're away at work, and soon all hell breaks loose. The movie starts smartly before degenerating into a more typical sex farce. But there are rewards to be had along the way: Lana Turner, as Hope's real love interest, looks especially glamorous; Paula Prentiss shows her marvelous comedic flair in a supporting role; the 60's suburban sets are terrific; Agnes Moorehead does a funny cameo as a flaming red-headed judge who makes Judy seem demure; and there's a nice Henry Mancini score -- especially the catchy title tune (which made Ann-Margret a star when she sang it at the Oscars). This is defnitely not a first rate comedy, but it is now fun to watch as a period piece. Unfortunately, the video released by MGM wreaks havoc with the Cinemascope compositions. Letterboxing was definitely called for, or at least some judicious panning-and-scanning.

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