The Facts of Life (film)

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The Facts of Life
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Directed by Melvin Frank
Norman Panama (uncredited)
Produced by Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Written by Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Starring Bob Hope
Lucille Ball
Music by Leigh Harline
Johnny Mercer
Cinematography Charles Lang
Editing by Frank Bracht
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates November 14, 1960
Running time 103 min.
Language English

The Facts of Life is a 1960 romantic comedy starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as married people who have an affair. Written, directed, and produced by the longtime Hope associates Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, it was more serious than many other contemporary Hope vehicles.

The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Costume Design (for Edith Head and Edward Stevenson). For her performance, Lucille Ball was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Comedy. The film features an opening animated title sequence created by Saul Bass.

Plot[edit]

As the yearly vacation of six neighbors, the Gilberts, Masons, and Weavers, approaches, Kitty Weaver (Lucille Ball) and Larry Gilbert (Bob Hope) find themselves frustrated with the routine. When both their spouses (Ruth Hussey and Don DeFore) are kept away from the vacation, Kitty and Larry find themselves alone in Acapulco, with the Masons (Philip Ober and Marianne Stewart) bedridden with illness. Forced together, Kitty and Larry fall in love. Once the vacation is over, however, they have difficulties in either abandoning or continuing their romance.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Bob Hope Larry Gilbert
Lucille Ball Kitty Weaver
Ruth Hussey Mary Gilbert
Don DeFore Jack Weaver
Louis Nye Charles Busbee
Philip Ober Doc Mason
Marianne Stewart Connie Mason
Hollis Irving Myrtle Busbee

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Awards[edit]

Won: [1]

Nominated:

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Nominated:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NY Times: The Facts of Life". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 

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