If a Man Answers

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If A Man Answers
If A Man Answers (1962, Movie Poster).jpg
Directed by Harry Levin
Produced by Ross Hunter
Screenplay by Richard Morris
Story by Winifred Wolfe (Novel, New York, 1961)
Based on If A Man Answers (Novel)
Starring Sandra Dee
Bobby Darin
Music by Bobby Darin
Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Milton Carruth
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • January 1, 1962 (1962-01-01) (United States)
Running time 102 mins.
Country United States
Language English

If a Man Answers (1962) is a comedy film directed by Henry Levin and starring Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee. It was produced by Ross Hunter Productions, Inc, and distributed by Universal Pictures. The screenplay was written by Richard Morris from a novel by Winifred Wolfe.[1][2][3]

Plot summary[edit]

Chantal Stacy (Sandra Dee) is the daughter of Germaine Stacy (Micheline Presle), a former French showgirl, and John Stacy (John Lund), a conservative, Boston antiques dealer, who met in Paris. Chantal was the product of their “soufflé-and-beans romance". Her father worries about her French part getting pregnant, before her Boston part gets married; but, a Boston foghorn sounds every time she gets close to a man.

Her father gets a promotion; and, they all move to New York. Chantal gets picked up by Eugene Wright (Bobby Darin) on Fifth Avenue, who invites her to model for him, since he's a photographer.

Her Father punches Gene, after seeing the skimpy costume Chantal is modelling; but, with her Mother's advice, she marries Gene; and, he refuses to let Chantal model, now that she’s his wife.

Shortly after their marriage, Chantal’s college friend Tina (Stephanie Powers), arrives in New York. A spoiled rich girl, she goes after Gene, admitting in a drunken stupor that she’s desperately lonely and envious of Chantal’s marriage.

When Chantal is at a loss, her Mother gives her a book her mother gave her on “How To Train Man’s Best Friend”; and she begins to use the dog training techniques to train her husband. It is only afterwards that Chantal's mother tells her that the book has been really teaching her how to live with her husband, not training him.

Tina has already stirred up trouble. So, Chantal's Mother suggests another trick she used to keep her Father interested: taking a lover. Chantal is shocked. But, Germaine says that her lover, "Robert Swan", was only in her imagination. She only pretended, by sending herself flowers and having her girlfriends hang up when they called “if a man answers”, as in the title, making her husband jealous.

It seems to work. Gene goes to the florist, tracks down Robert Swan (Caesar Romero), invites him to dinner, and to move in and share Chantal in a polyandrous relationship. Shocked, Chantal’s Mother and Father come over to meet the fantasy man sprung to life. Her Father always suspected that Robert Swan was real. They all have to decide what they’re going to do; and, the puppy.

As Germaine Stacy (Micheline Presle) says, "If you come to love and say please me, care for me, fulfill me, you will be disappointed. It is what YOU bring to love that matters. Don't you disappoint love!"

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Awards[edit]

This comedy was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Comedy) and Best Supporting Actor (Cesar Romero). It was also nominated for a Golden Laurel for Top Female Comedy Performance (Sandra Dee).

Trivia[edit]

A young Stefanie Powers is credited on the movie's poster.[4]

Ross Hunter Productions originally announced the film would star David Niven, Nancy Kwan and Claudette Colbert; and, later Tammy Grimes in the role played by Sandra Dee.

This was the second film pairing of Dee and then-husband Darin, following 1961's Come September and followed by 1965's That Funny Feeling.[5]

The film ends with the word "Finis" followed by "We hardly think so."[6]

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