A Private's Affair
|A Private's Affair|
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||October 9, 1959|
|Running time||93 mins.|
|Box office||$1.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
Two guys from New York—Luigi, a hip wanna-be beatnik and Jerry, who's from Long Island—end up in Army basic training in New Jersey, as does Mike, who's a rancher from Oregon.
At a dance, Luigi falls for Marie, a neighbor of Jerry, who in turn develops a romantic interest in Luigi's friend Louise. A WAC named Katie ends up accompanying Mike to the dance. The three G.I.s can sing and end up invited to perform on a New York television program, but Jerry becomes ill and is hospitalized.
Assistant Secretary to the Army Elizabeth Chapman, meanwhile, wants to keep a 6-year-old Dutch girl from being sent back to Holland after the girl's mother dies. Elizabeth decides to marry the girl's gravely injured father so she can assume custody of the child. By mistake, an unconscious Jerry is wheeled in and ends up wed to Elizabeth, who had no idea what the girl's dad looked like.
Chaos ensues, as Jerry is repeatedly arrested or brought to see psychiatrists when he claims to have been accidentally married to one of the top officers in the U.S. Army.
- Sal Mineo as Luigi J. Maresi
- Christine Carère as Marie
- Barry Coe as Jerry Morgan
- Barbara Eden as Sgt. Katie Mulligan
- Gary Crosby as Mike Conroy
- Jim Backus as Jim Gordon
- Bob Denver as MacIntosh
A few years after A Private's Affair came out, Denver and Backus became Gilligan's Island co-stars.
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p252
- "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- Awards for A Private's Affair at the Internet Movie Database
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