Love Is a Ball (1963)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy, Romance

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On the French Riviera, a professional matchmaker assisted by an American adventurer arranges for convenience marriages between titled impoverished aristocratic men and rich low-bred women.

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  • Glenn Ford and Hope Lange in Love Is a Ball (1963)
  • Hope Lange in Love Is a Ball (1963)
  • Glenn Ford and Hope Lange in Love Is a Ball (1963)
  • Glenn Ford and Hope Lange in Love Is a Ball (1963)
  • Glenn Ford and Hope Lange in Love Is a Ball (1963)
  • Hope Lange in Love Is a Ball (1963)

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13 November 2018 | a_chinn
| Routine but enjoyable 1960s romcom from a strong cast
Completely bland and predictable romantic comedy is propped up by a solid cast. Set on the French Riviera, Charles Boyer plays a matchmaker for penniless aristocrats. Boyer is this time helping goofy Ricardo Montalban woo Hope Lange, and brings on John Wood (Professor Falken from "WarGames") to give him English refinements and also Glenn Ford to help him with race car driving because of Lange's dream to participate in the Grand Prix. In typical romcom fashion, Lange and Ford accidentally meet and at first annoy each other and then fall in love. The story is fluff to the point of annoyance and at times feels as if it's trying too hard to be 1960s cool, but the cast are likable, which also includes Telly Savalas as Lange's father, and that's enough to carry the film. It also helps that there's a peppy score from Michel Legrand ("The Thomas Crown Affair" "Summer of '42" "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") and has breezy direction from David Swift, who memorably wrote and directed "The Parent Trap" and "Pollyanna." Overall, you'll likely completely forget about this film after the credit roll, but it's fairly entertaining while you watch.

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Release Date:

14 May 1963


English, Italian, French

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Filming Locations

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

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