Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!

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Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!
Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!.jpg
Directed byPeter Tewksbury
Screenplay byPhillip Shuken
Based onThree for a Wedding
1965 novel
by Patte Wheat Mahan
Produced byDouglas Laurence
StarringSandra Dee
George Hamilton
Celeste Holm
CinematographyFred J. Koenekamp
Edited byFredric Steinkamp
Music byKenyon Hopkins
Trident Productions
Distributed byMGM
Release date
April 28, 1967
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,387,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! is a 1967 American comedy film directed by Peter Tewksbury and starring Sandra Dee, George Hamilton and Celeste Holm.[2]


Heather Halloran, pursued by three men who want to marry her, is about to give birth to a baby. Before the birth happens, we flashback to the events that led to her becoming pregnant. Her mother wants Heather to be a singing star. She goes to work as a secretary for a rich man, Harlan Wycliff, and falls in love with him, but he does not want her to sing.



The film was based on the debut novel by Los Angeles writer Patte Lee Mahan, Three for the Wedding, published in 1965. The Los Angeles Times called it "a highly entertaining and amusing book."[3] Film rights were bought by Trident Productions, a company established by director Delbert Mann, producer Douglas Laurence and writer Dale Wasserman. Mahan signed to do the screenplay and originally Charles Walters was to direct.[4]

The film was originally entitled Three for the Wedding, then This Way Out, Please before settling on Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding.[5]

Sandra Dee decided to do the film instead of one in London with Warren Beatty.[6] Her co-star was George Hamilton, who at the time was having a highly publicised romance with Lynda Bird, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson.[7]

It was Celeste Holm's first film since Bachelor Flat (1961). "It's kind of an Italian comedy set in Glendale", said Holm. "Like most Italian comedies, it's based on a tragic truth. When the film opens, a young girl is unmarried and pregnant."[8]

It was the first film Sandra Dee made after leaving Universal Studios, where she been under exclusive contract for ten years. She hoped the role would be a transitional one for her, leading to more grown up parts.[9]


Proposed sequel[edit]

After the film was previewed, MGM commissioned Phillip Shuken to start writing a sequel to star Hamilton and Dee.[10] However, no sequel resulted.


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
  2. ^ "Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding! (1967) - Peter Tewksbury | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".
  3. ^ SOLNER, RUTH B. (Mar 28, 1965). "BOOKS FOR THE FAMILY: Complex Comedy of a Merry Angeleno". Los Angeles Times. p. H17.
  4. ^ A.H. WEILER (Nov 29, 1964). "TRAIL OF TRIAL: Pioneers' Tragic Trek To Be Filmed -- Tanglewood to Tel Aviv -- Sequel". New York Times. p. X11.
  5. ^ Martin, Betty (Aug 1, 1966). "'Scandal' to Become Musical". Los Angeles Times. p. c22.
  6. ^ Hopper, Hedda (Jan 3, 1966). "Hunter Sees Stardom for 2 Newcomers". Chicago Tribune. p. c5.
  7. ^ Winzola McLendon (Apr 11, 1966). "Engagement? Lynda, Hamilton Are Mum". Washington Post. p. B5.
  8. ^ Clifford, Terry. (Aug 21, 1966). "Celeste Holm Is Where the Heart Is: in Glendale, Oshkosh, or Baghdad". Chicago Tribune. p. g12.
  9. ^ Champlin, Charles. (Oct 19, 1966). "It's D-Day for Sandra's Image". Los Angeles Times. p. d12.
  10. ^ Martin, Betty (Sep 2, 1966). "MOVIE CALL SHEET: Diane Cilento Forms Unit". Los Angeles Times. p. C16.

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