Who Was That Lady?

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Who Was That Lady?
Whowasthatlady.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by George Sidney
Produced by Norman Krasna
Written by Norman Krasna
Starring Tony Curtis
Dean Martin
Janet Leigh
Music by André Previn
Cinematography Harry Stradling
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
April 15, 1960 (1960-04-15)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,100,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Who Was That Lady? is a 1960 comedy film starring Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, and Janet Leigh.

The movie was made by Ansark-Sidney, distributed by Columbia Pictures, directed by George Sidney, and produced by Norman Krasna, who also wrote the screenplay based on his successful Broadway play Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? The music score was by André Previn and the cinematography by Harry Stradling. The costume design was by Jean Louis. The title song was written by Sammy Cahn.

The film features James Whitmore, John McIntire, Barbara Nichols, Larry Keating, Larry Storch, Simon Oakland and Joi Lansing. Jack Benny appears as himself.

Dean Martin received a Golden Globe award nomination for his performance in Who Was That Lady?, which also was nominated for Best Comedy.

Plot[edit]

Ann Wilson (Janet Leigh) catches her straight-laced husband, Columbia University Assistant Professor of Chemistry David Wilson (Tony Curtis), kissing another woman. From David's perspective, he was the one being kissed innocently, the woman in question being a grateful transfer student. However, Ann wants a divorce. On the advice of David's friend, TV writer Michael Haney (Dean Martin), David tries to convince Ann that he is really an FBI agent, the kiss all in the name of national security. Ann falls for it, but is so impressed with what her husband does for a living that she can't keep quiet about it. Michael is so impressed with Ann's gullibility and patriotic urging of her husband Dave to do more "secret missions" that Michael sets up a date with two blondes with the promise of spending a weekend together with them. The indiscretions cause a number of complications, including some with the real FBI, the CIA and hostile foreign secret agents.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Tony Curtis David Wilson
Dean Martin Michael Haney
Janet Leigh Ann Wilson
James Whitmore Harry Powell
John McIntire Bob Doyle
Barbara Nichols Gloria Coogle
Larry Keating Parker
Larry Storch Orenov
Simon Oakland Belka
Joi Lansing Florence Coogle
Mike Lane Glinka the Henchman
Jack Benny Jack Benny

As of January 2016, Larry Storch is the only cast member still alive.

The film also features brief appearances by comedians Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Snub Pollard, and Emil Sitka.

Original Play[edit]

Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?
Written by Norman Krasna
Date premiered 3 March 1958
Place premiered Martin Beck Theatre, New York
Original language English

Krasna's play, Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?, opened on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on March 3, 1958 in a production directed by Alex Segal and designed by Rouben Ter-Arutunian, and starring Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy. The play ran for 208 performances.[2]

Krasna was unsuccessfully sued for $500,000 in a breach of trust claim by writer Valentine Davies, who contended that Krasna incorporated material from Davies' work Love Must Go On.[3]

The play's original title was My Wife and I.[4]

Production[edit]

The production company, Ansark-Sidney, combines the names of producer Krasna (spelled backwards) and director Sidney.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
  2. ^ Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? original production at Playbill
  3. ^ Writer Sues Norman Krasna New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 Nov 1959: 27.
  4. ^ KRASNA'S COMEDY CHANGES ITS TITLE: 'WHO WAS THAT LADY I SAW YOU WITH?' DUE AT BECK-- BOOKING DELAYS 'AXE' By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Dec 1957: 51.

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