Bachelor in Paradise

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Bachelor in Paradise
Thetarical release poster
Directed by Jack Arnold
Produced by Ted Richmond (executive producer, uncredited)
Written by Vera Caspary (story)
Valentine Davies (screenplay)
Starring Bob Hope
Lana Turner
Janis Paige
Paula Prentiss
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Editing by Richard W. Farrell
Studio MGM
Distributed by MGM
Release dates
  • November 1, 1961 (1961-11-01)
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,989,000[1]
Box office $3.5 million[1]

Bachelor in Paradise is a 1961 Metrocolor romantic comedy film starring Bob Hope and Lana Turner. Directed by Jack Arnold, it was written by Valentine Davies and Hal Kanter, based on a story by Vera Caspary.

It co-stars Paula Prentiss, Jim Hutton and Janis Paige.

The film won three Laurel awards for Best Comedy, Best Comedy Actor (Hope) and song ("Bachelor in Paradise", music: Henry Mancini and lyrics: Mack David), which was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song. Bob Hope was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.


A.J. Niles is a provocative best-selling author who discovers that he has a large tax debt owed to the IRS, due to being ripped off by his accountant, Herman Wapinger. He goes undercover under the alias "Jack Adams" in a California suburban community called Paradise Village to research a new book about the wives and lives there. Niles is pursued by a flirtatious married woman named Dolores while falling in love with a woman, Rosemary, who rents her house to him. Wapinger is found, Niles' cash is returned to him, and he reveals his true identity on national television. The husbands in Paradise Village all file for divorce, believing their wives are all having affairs with Niles. In divorce court, Niles reveals that he is in love with Rosemary and asks her to marry him. Everyone lives happily ever after.



Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records, the film earned $2.5 million in the US and Canada and $1 million elsewhere but ultimately lost $344,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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