Critic's Choice (film)
|Directed by||Don Weis|
|Produced by||Frank P. Rosenberg|
|Written by||Ira Levin (play)
Jack Sher (writer)
|Music by||George Duning|
|Edited by||William H. Ziegler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||100 min.|
|Box office||$1,250,000 (US/ Canada)|
Critic's Choice is a 1963 film comedy directed by Don Weis. Based on the 1960 Broadway play of the same name by Ira Levin, the movie starred Bob Hope and Lucille Ball and included Rip Torn, Marilyn Maxwell, Jim Backus, Marie Windsor and Jerome Cowan in the cast.
This was the last of four films that Hope and Ball made together.
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Parker Ballantine is a theatrical critic, busily praising or disparaging the shows of Broadway. His wife Angela is feeling useless and restless, so she writes a play about her mother and sisters.
Angela doesn't believe Parker should review her work, since he will look prejudiced if he does so favorably and it will hurt her feelings if he knocks it. Parker has read it and isn't impressed. A major producer, however, decides to back it.
Handsome Dion Kapakos directs the play and tries to strike up a romantic interest in the playwright. Angela continues to resist, but she's getting more fed up with Parker's negativity by the hour.
Before the play's first out-of-town tryout in Boston, the conflicted Parker goes to see his ex-wife, Ivy, and gets a little tipsy. He decides to go to the opening, then writes a negative review. The trouble gets worse when he gets home.
- Bob Hope as Parker Ballantine
- Lucille Ball as Angela Ballantine
- Marilyn Maxwell as Ivy London
- Rip Torn as Dion Kapakos
- Jessie Royce Landis as Charlotte Orr aka Charlie
- John Dehner as S.P. Champlain
- Jim Backus as Dr. William Von Hagedorn
- Ricky Kelman as John Ballantine
- Dorothy Green as Mrs. Margaret Champlain
- Marie Windsor as Sally Orr
- Joseph Gallison as Philip 'Phil' Yardley (as Evan McCord)
- Joan Shawlee as Marge Orr
- Richard Deacon as Harvey Rittenhouse
- Jerome Cowan as Joe Rosenfield
- Donald Losby as Godfrey Von Hagedorn
- Soupy Sales as Boston Desk Clerk
- "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
- Critic's Choice at the Internet Movie Database
- Critic's Choice at the TCM Movie Database
- Critic's Choice at AllMovie
- The Shelf: Review of Critic's Choice
Martin, Mick and Porter, Marsha "DVD & Video Guide 2006"
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