The Main Attraction (film)

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The Main Attraction
The Main Attraction 1962 poster.jpg
1961 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Produced by John Patrick
Written by John Patrick
Starring Pat Boone
Nancy Kwan
Music by Andrew Adorian
Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
Edited by Geoffrey Foot
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Release date
January 1963
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Main Attraction is a 1962 British drama film directed by Daniel Petrie, written by John Patrick, and starring Pat Boone, Nancy Kwan and Mai Zetterling. The music soundtrack was written by Pat Boone/Jeff Corey and performed by Pat Boone himself.[1] The screenplay concerns an unscrupulous drifter who causes problems for a small European circus.

Plot summary[edit]

The Main Attraction is a cute and romantic story, featuring the neat and wholesome Eddie (Pat Boone) who tries to transform himself into a cooler guy. Eddie works in an Italian café but is fired when he is caught hanging with some troublemakers. At the same time he meets Gina (Mai Zetterling) who is a ventriloquist in a visiting circus. Soon enough Eddie helps Gina out with her act and they become lovers. All is well until Eddie moves on to falling in love with another circus performer, Tessa (Nancy Kwan), which makes his life a lot more complicated.[2]



The film was the first in a multi-picture deal between MGM and Seven Arts.

Pat Boone says he was talked into doing the film by Ray Stark who encouraged Boone to try a straight dramatic role. Boone agreed because Hollywood were making less musicals at the time.[3] He also felt that "the film's moral is good."[4]

Stark and writer-producer John Patrick wanted Boone's character to sleep with Nancy Kwan's. Boone was reluctant and refused to shoot a scene with them in bed together. However as he did not have script approval he filmed scenes which indicated his character slept with Kwan's.[3]

There were ten weeks of studio filming in London, followed by location work in Italy.[5] In order to play his role, Boone learned how to play the guitar and do basic trapeze tricks.[4]

After filming was completed, Boone said he would oppose release of the film unless it was given approval by the US censor, the Shurlock office. Boone was worried some scenes had been re-shot to be more lurid and sexy - something Ray Stark denied. "There have been no changes at all in the film," said Stark. "It is exactly the same film that Pat Boone saw when he attended its world premiere in London some weeks ago."[6]

"I am terribly concerned about the board's reaction to certain scenes," said Boone. "Because as long as I have anything to do with it, no Pat Boone picture will ever be released without a seal of approval."[6]

Boone offered to reshoot any objectionable scenes, even do the whole movie over again without pay.[6]

Seven Arts compromised and agreed to cut some scenes in exchange for Boone going on a publicity tour for the movie.[7]


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  4. ^ a b FILM ACTIVITIES ALONG THE THAMES By STEPHEN WATTS. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Mar 1962: 125.
  5. ^ Boone, Kwan Start Film in Britain Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 13 Mar 1962: C11.
  6. ^ a b c Boone Fights Use of Movie That Lacks OK Ryon, Art. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Dec 1962: B5.
  7. ^ Pat Boone Hits Road to Boost New Movie Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 20 June 1963: c6.

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