Caprice (1967 film)
original film poster
|Directed by||Frank Tashlin|
|Produced by||Aaron Rosenberg
|Written by||Jay Jayson
|Distributed by||20th Century-Fox|
|Running time||98 minutes|
Caprice (1967) is a CinemaScope comedy-thriller film directed by Frank Tashlin starring Doris Day and Richard Harris. This film and In Like Flint (1967) were the last movies made in CinemaScope, with most studios moving to Panavision and other widescreen processes.
Patricia Foster (Day) is an industrial designer who gets herself in trouble when she sells a secret cosmetics formula to a rival company in Paris. Christopher White (Harris), a counterspy in the cosmetics industry, falls in love with her.
Arthur Godfrey, who played the father of Doris Day in Tashlin's previous comedy, The Glass Bottom Boat, plays her father once again but is only seen via photograph. Ray Walston and Michael J. Pollard also have roles.
The 20th Century-Fox release was not a box-office success, failing to place in the Top 20 movies for 1967. Film critic Leonard Maltin’s review of the film was quite negative. He gave the film zero stars and said the film was a “terrible vehicle for Day.”
In her memoir, Day recounts an argument she had with her manager-husband Martin Melcher over the script for Caprice, unaware he had signed her name to the contracts before she had the chance to say no. On the DVD commentary, authors Pierre Patrick and John Cork discuss the ways the screenplay was rewritten, ostensibly to please the star. They speculated that recent interest in the film's mixture of slapstick, satire, and adventure—coupled with its Mod design—has acquired renewed respect from film buffs and, possibly, from Day herself.
The buttery title theme sung by Doris Day was released as the flip-side to her final single release on the Columbia Records label, the A-side being a more uptempo number, "Sorry."
The screenplay by Jay Jayson and Tashlin was novelized by Julia Withers and was published in paperback by Dell in February, 1967.
Initially only released on VHS in the UK, the movie was eventually released in a deluxe edition Region 1 DVD in January 2007 in widescreen and includes several extra features.
- Doris Day as Patricia Foster
- Richard Harris as Christopher White
- Ray Walston as Clancy
- Jack Kruschen as Cutter
- Edward Mulhare as Sir Jason Fox
- Lilia Skala as Madame Plasco
- Michael J. Pollard as Barney