That Touch of Mink

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That Touch of Mink
Touch of Minkposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Delbert Mann
Produced by Robert Arthur
Martin Melcher
Stanley Shapiro
Written by Stanley Shapiro
Nate Monaster
Starring Doris Day
Cary Grant
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 14, 1962 (1962-06-14)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $17,648,927[1]

That Touch of Mink is a 1962 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Doris Day, and directed by Delbert Mann. The film co-stars Gig Young, John Astin, Audrey Meadows, and Dick Sargent. In addition, baseball stars Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Yogi Berra make cameo appearances.

Plot[edit]

Cathy Timberlake, a New York City career woman, meets Philip Shayne. His Rolls Royce splashes her dress with mud while she is on her way to a job interview.

Philip wants an affair, while Cathy is holding out for marriage. Watching from the sidelines are Philip's financial manager, Roger, who sees a therapist because he feels guilty about helping his boss with his numerous conquests, and Cathy's roommate, Connie Emerson, who knows what Philip is after.

Cary Grant as Philip Shayne and Doris Day as Cathy Timberlake

Philip wines and dines Cathy. He takes her to see the New York Yankees play. They watch from the Yankees dugout (he owns part of the team). Cathy's complaints about the umpire while seated alongside Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra (playing themselves), cause Art Passarella to throw all of them out of the game.

Philip's conscience weighs on him, so he withdraws an invitation to Bermuda, which only serves to make Cathy agree to go. While in Bermuda, Cathy comes down with a nervous rash, much to her embarrassment and his frustration.

The Bermuda trip is repeated, but this time Cathy drinks to soothe her nerves and ends up drunk. While intoxicated, Cathy falls off the balcony onto an awning below. She is then carried in her pajamas through the crowded hotel lobby.

At the urging of Roger and Connie who are convinced that Philip is in love with her, Cathy goes on a date with Beasley, whom she dislikes, to make Philip jealous. Her plan succeeds and she and Philip get married. On their honeymoon, he breaks out in a rash.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

The film grossed $17,648,927 at the box office,[1] earning $8.5 million in US theatrical rentals.[2] It was the 4th highest grossing film of 1962.

Awards[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • Cary Grant was a big fan of The Honeymooners (1955) and Audrey Meadows in particular, and was responsible for getting her the part of Connie.
  • In her autobiography, Doris Day wrote that Cary Grant was very professional and exacting with details, helping her with her wardrobe choices for the film and decorating the library set with his own books from home. However, he was a completely private person, totally reserved, and very distant. Their relationship on this film was amicable but totally devoid of give-and-take.
  • When Roger (Gig Young) is showing Cathy (Doris Day) the list of potential husbands for her, we learn that one of the names on the list is Rock Hudson, Day's co-star in Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). In fact, Rock Hudson had expected to be cast as Philip, but director Delbert Mann wanted Cary Grant. Grant hated the finished film.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Box Office Information for That Touch of Mink. The Numbers. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "All-time top film grossers", Variety. 8 January 1964 pg 37.
  3. ^ "The 35th Academy Awards (1963) Nominees and Winners". Oscars. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
  4. ^ "That Touch of Mink". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 

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