Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sex and the Single Girl (1964)

About 10 years ago I became slightly obsessed with Natalie Wood, so beautiful and such a great actress. One of her funniest movies was Sex and the Single Girl, based on the novel of the same name written by Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Set in San Diego in the 60's, Natalie plays Dr. Helen Brown, a 23 year old psychologist and author of a new book that becomes a national bestseller.

Bob Weston, played hilariously by Tony Curtis, is the publisher of a tabloid magazine called Dirt, who is dying to interview the Doctor but she won't consent to an interview. He gets sneaky and comes to her as his neighbor Frank Broderick, a hosiery manufacturer, needing some marriage counseling. You can only guess that after a few sessions, he starts to fall in love. It is so funny and very entertaining.

The clothes in the movie are to die for. Natalie always looks fantastic. Lauren Bacall plays Mrs. Broderick and when she gets a surprise visit from Dr. Brown, all hell breaks loose.

The movie concludes with a crazy car chase and a happy ending for most of the characters. I love this movie and have seen it so many times. The first time I did, I picked up Natalie Wood's habit of taking her finger and sweeping her hair away from her face. That lasted for about a week..I thought she was pretty fabulous!


JMW said...

This sounds like the precursor to Down with Love, starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan MacGregor.

Preppy 101 said...

I remember this movie! Love, love Natalie Wood. xoxo