|Dr. Lauren Boullard (Leslie Caron) and Paul Chadwick (Rock Hudson)|
This movie is pretty funny. It would have you believe that by the 1960’s in America women had castrated all the men, devoured the testicles for the power within them, and now ruled over men like they were children. All of them that is, except for Paul Chadwick, played by Rock Hudson, who sleeps with a judge to win a case, has a woman who cooks his breakfast because she won’t let his eggs touch another person’s frying pan, and is willing to take on a very special favor that requires his talents.
A man played by Charles Boyer loses a case to Hudson because of the aforementioned sleeping with the judge. The case was in France and the two of them have a conversation on the plane back to the States. Turns out, Boyer’s daughter was brought to the United States by his ex-wife when she was a child and he hasn’t seen her since. When he finds out that she is a psychologist and her fiancee is like her pet, he knows extreme measures are required. Although his friend tells him, “Michel, to reach the moon trust an American. To reach a woman let us put our faith in a Frenchman.” Boyer knows that Hudson is the man for the job.
|That’s One Way To Tip The Scales Of Justice|
What follows is one great line after another and one brilliant manipulation after another. He actually convinces her that women won’t leave him alone and that it is a curse. Even tricks her into thinking she is taking advantage of him herself. It’s like the Rock Hudson/Doris Day comedies, but without the prude and a bit more raunchy even if the Production Code still guarantees the ending you expect.
|After Surviving An Attack By Women|
One of my favorite parts is the conversation about how men brought about their current situation. After the first American husband helped the first American wife off the Mayflower she said, “We could have gone anywhere in the world, and you had to bring me here.” Hudson says it was, “The first complaint on American soil, and he made the first mistake. He apologized.” Instead, he should have “knocked her off the rock.”
I recommend it.