Critic's Choice (film)

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Critic's Choice
Directed by Don Weis
Produced by Frank P. Rosenberg
Written by Ira Levin (play)
Jack Sher (writer)
Starring Bob Hope
Lucille Ball
Rip Torn
Marilyn Maxwell
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,250,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

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.

Plot summary[edit]

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.[2]


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  1. ^ "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
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Martin, Mick and Porter, Marsha "DVD & Video Guide 2006"