Tuesday, May 28, 2013

That Touch of Mink(1962).

That Touch of Mink(1962). Romantic/comedy starring Cary Grant and Doris Day, and directed by Delbert Mann. The film co-stars Gig Young, John Astin, Audrey Meadows and Dick Sargent. In addition, baseball stars Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra make cameo appearances.

Standing on a street corner Cathy Timberlake, is splattered with mud by a passing limousine belonging to tycoon Philip Shayne.

Later, Philip watches as Cathy enters an auto-mat and sends his financial adviser, Roger, to apologize and pay for her ruined dress. Insulted, Cathy decides to visit Philip personally to give him a piece of her mind. After meeting the handsome, suave, charmer, smitten... she agrees to join him on a business trip to Baltimore.

Philip then takes Cathy on a whirlwind trip to Philadelphia for cocktails, Manhattan for his speech at the U. N., and then on to a romantic dinner and a baseball game, where she sits with the NY team. He has romance on his mind when he suggests a trip to Bermuda. At first Cathy refuses, but later finds herself flying to the island with a beautiful new wardrobe, including a mink coat, gifted to her by her handsome date..

Cathy is so nervous about what is expected of her that she develops a skin rash and Philip spends the night playing gin rummy with another rejected man.

Back in New York, Cathy feels ashamed of herself and decides to return for a second attempt at romance. This time she gets drunk and falls off a balcony.

Philip, bored with her antics decides to move on and returns to New York without her. Cathy, can't live without him, comes up with a plan to make him jealous, by going to a motel with the creepy unemployment clerk, Beasley. Will Philip get there in time to rescue Kathy?

You maybe surprised how fun this movie really is.. A great story-line, fun locations and a beautiful wardrobe. Cary Grant, plays  an overly-controlling but charming business executive. Doris Day is fun, but.. it's Audrey Meadows over-the-top performance as Doris Day's older and wiser roommate that steals the movie.

Fun Facts:

Cary Grant was a big fan of The Honeymooners and Audrey Meadows in particular, and was responsible for getting her the part of Connie.

In her autobiography, Doris Day wrote that Cary Grant was very professional and exacting with details, helping her with her wardrobe choices for the film and decorating the library set with his own books from home. However, he was a completely private person, totally reserved and very distant. Their relationship on this film was amicable but totally devoid of give-and-take.

When Roger (Gig Young)is showing Cathy (Doris Day) the list of potential husbands for her, we learn that one of the names on the list is Rock Hudson, Day's co-star in Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers.

Rock Hudson had expected to be cast as Philip, but director Delbert Mann wanted Cary Grant.

Cary Grant hated the finished film.

Doris Day (April 3, 1922), began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording, "Sentimental Journey", in 1945.

After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to try a solo career, she started her long-lasting partnership with Columbia Records, which would remain her only recording label. The contract lasted from 1947 to 1967, and included more than 650 recordings, making Day one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century.

In 1948, after being persuaded by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne and her agent at the time, Al Levy, she auditioned for Michael Curtiz, which led to her being cast in the female lead role in Romance on the High Seas.

Over the course of her career, Day appeared in 39 films. She was ranked the biggest box office star for four years (1960 1962–1964) and ranked in the top 10 for ten years (1951–1952, 1959–1966). She became the top-ranking female box office star of all time and is currently ranked sixth among the top 10 box office performers (male and female), as of 2012.

She also received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Pillow Talk, won three Henrietta Awards (World Film Favorite), the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's Career Achievement Award and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.

Day made her last film in 1968.

Day has also released 29 albums, and her songs have spent a total of 460 weeks in the Top 40 charts.

She has been awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Legend Award from the Society of Singers.

In 2011, she released her 29th studio album My Heart, which debuted at #9 on the UK Top 40 charts.

Day is the oldest artist to score a UK Top 10 with an album featuring new material.

Her strong commitment to animal welfare began in 1971, when she co-founded "Actors and Others for Animals". She started her own non-profit organization in the late 1970's, the Doris Day Animal Foundation and, later, the Doris Day Animal League. Establishing the annual observance Spay Day USA in 1994, The Doris Day Animal League now partners with the Humane Society of the United States and continues to be a leading advocacy organization.

In 2004, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in recognition of her distinguished service to the country.

Day has since retired from acting and performing, but has continued her work in animal rights causes and animal welfare. She currently lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.


  1. This is such a cute movie...laughable by today's moral standards, of course, but, still, cute and funny. And, of course, Cary is beyond gorgeous at this point in his life/career.

    How interesting that Rock Hudson expected to have this role. He and Doris had such amazing chemistry, so I have no doubt, it would have been a good fit...but Cary worked perfectly. He and Doris were great together.

    1. I still enjoy the story and I would love for my husband hire a personal stylist for me for a week vacation...

      I'm glad that Rock Hudson did not land the part... It would seem to much like all the other films that Doris and Rock did together.

  2. Doris Day is such an amazing woman! My mom and I love her movies! I love Grant and Day in this together. Interesting fact about Hudson almost being cast...I'm not sure if the film would of been the same.

    Thanks for posting this!


    1. Doris Day, is a wonderful actress and I like most of the films that she performed in..

      Cary Grant, is also I wonderful actor. I just added the Pre-code Hollywood collection to my DVD collection and he is starring in two of the films.. Cary Grant, in a pre-code... now, that is going to be something to look forward to watching.


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