In a nutshell:
Roger Willoughby (Rock Hudson), engaged to beautiful Tex Connors (red-haired Charlene Holt), is a very successful seller for fishing items - he also wrote a popular book about fishing. Now his boss Mr. Cadwalader (John McGiver - doing just wonderful things with his toupee..) wants him to do some promotion and attend a fishing tournament set at a nearby Lake at the lodges of Isolde “Easy” Mueller’s (blonde Maria Perschy) father. Also attending the tournament are Roger’s customers Skaggs (Forrest Lewis) and Major Phipps (Roscoe Karns) – who are avid to compare their skills with Roger’s.
Easy’s happy-go-lucky friend Abigail Page (brunette Paula Prentiss) – who in Roger’s opinion is way too pushy – is to take care of him – much to his dislike. And while she considers him attractive he simply is overran by her..
Plus: Roger has a dark and treasured secret: In his whole life he didn’t catch a single fish…
~ another confession to make: I am not so good with 60s hats.. - I think to this one you should also carry a horse.. ~
Watch out for:
- Norman Alden as John Screaming Eagle – frequently telling about "Big Chief Confucius" - making fun of tourist's prejudices.. In AC Delco commercials he played a mechanic – people used to turn up to him to ask for advice because they believed he wasn’t acting.
A nodding acquaintance:
- Charlene Holt’s best know role might be Maudie from EL DORADO (1966). She was Miss Maryland in 1956.
- The part of Roger Willoughby was meant to be performed by Cary Grant – but he felt that the distance of age between his being 59 and Paula Prentiss being 24 was too big.
- Howard Hawks also wanted Katharine Hepburn for the female lead..
~ Oh - I wish for a copy of that nightgown Miss Perschy wears here - but in another color, please.. ~
Not sooo far away from Hollywood:
- The German title is EIN GOLDFISCH AN DER LEINE (= A goldfish on the string/fishing rod)
- In the German version Miss "Mueller" (though it is obviously a German name..) is changed into "Miller". Maybe that’s so because her accent doesn’t work in the German version - there she speaks French if needed..
- Maria Perschy did her own dubbing for the German version - she has (just by the way) an Austrian accent.
- The nickname “Easy” seems (for me) to arise from the affectionate form of Isolde: “Isi” – which would be pronounced like “easy” – well, she also seems to be the easiest girl-character in this film – really a nice girl.
Let’s face the music..
- The theme song MAN’S FAVOURITE SPORT was composed by Henry Mancini – the lyrics are by Johnny Mercer.
You should watch this film if you…
- … are a fan of fishing..
- … would like to know how it is to watch a Doris Day/ Rock Hudson film – without Doris Day..
- … all your life wished for hearing Rock Hudson say “itty bitty bird” ..
- … like “domineering females” like Roger Willoughby calls them..
- … always dreamt of seeing that Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn walk out of the night club scene of BRINGING UP BABY – redone by Maria Perschy and Rock Hudson...
...on the other hand – you can do that right now:
Buttons and Bows:
- The costumes were designed by Edith Head – which means: They're great. I love the simple black dress Maria Perschy wears in that scene...
“That girl is a walking disaster.”
That girl meant in this sentence is Paula Prentiss' character Abigail - and I must confess that there are times where I just am annoyed by that woman (Abigail - I like Paula Prentiss..) I had tough times with Rock Hudson, too - just because I can't stand his German voice.. So I needed some time to like that film - and there are moments in which I am still feeling unconfortable with it.. But when I am in the right mood (and thanks to DVD I can watch the original version anytime I want to..) I really enjoy this movie.
“Come on, Napoleon – this way to Waterloo.”