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Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Movie Review - The Glass Bottom Boat


Directed by: Frank Tashlin
Written by: Everett Freeman


"The Glass Bottom Boat" is our second spring-like movie starring Doris Day! Maybe Doris Day herself is just that springy? Anyway, this film makes you think of warm weather and beach time because it is set in California, and quite a bit of the outdoorsy scenes take place around Catalina Island. In fact, the story begins when Bruce Templeton (Rod Taylor) is out fishing off of Catalina Island, and reels in a mermaid tail, which is the costume bottom belonging to Jennifer Nelson (Doris Day.) Understandably Jennifer is upset at being stranded bottomless off the shores of Catalina, and also understandably Bruce is both amused and intrigued by his unique "catch." Things get even more interesting when Jennifer later discovers that Bruce is the boss at the research lab she currently works at as a tour guide.


Under the guise of hiring her to be his biographer, Bruce attempts to get to know Jennifer better. However, at the same time soviet spies are attempting to infiltrate and steal Bruce's important research, and through a series of mishaps and mischances, it soon appears to the military that Jennifer is herself the soviet spy!


This movie is a classic 1960s slapstick romantic screwball comedy . . . the sort of movie that Doris Day herself so excelled at. Doris Day is very likable for furries in this film because her character is the mommy to lots of furry babies! She even calls her doggie Vladimir several times a day on the phone to help him get his exercise while she's at work. Of course, her mysterious phone calls to a "Vladimir" at odd hours of the day also contribute to the suspicion that she is a soviet spy . . . obviously scientists and military personnel don't understand the importance of being a good mommy to furry babies, since none of them believe that she is really just calling her doggie. Rod Taylor is very handsome and charming as the leading man, and my mommy says he is good "eye candy." Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise, and Dick Martin round out a winning comedy cast.

I give this film two paws up for being funny and original! It is even suitable for babybeans and kittens. For example: this movie was actually my Uncle Sean's favorite thing to watch when he was about three years old, especially the part where Jennifer is in Bruce's high-tech kitchen making a mess, and the cleaning robots come out and wind up attacking her by mistake. Uncle Sean used to giggle a lot over that scene! (I bet he'd be embarrassed if he found out I told you.)

Please don't forget to make any requests you might have for a movie review! Either leave your suggestion in my comments or email it to me at princetybalt AT gmail DOT com. Purrs!

19 meows:

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Tybalt, Mom just loves your reviews! You dust off lots of movies she loves but hasn't even thought of in a very long time!

Parker said...

Tybalt, that's one movie that Mommy has never seen!
Now she has to see it!

DEBRA said...

Tybalt we always look forward to your friday reviews...you know what we would like you to review since the new film is coming out next month...the original Indiana Jones movie...Raiders of the lost ark....

Purrs
Abby

Samantha & Tigger said...

Mom loves Doris Day movies and The Glass Bottom Boat is one of her favorites! She say thanks for the wonderful review! We left out favorute Movie in the post below this one! Hope to see you at Lilly Lu's Party!
Headbutts,
Sammie-Pie

Veronica (M) said...

I likes your review!

I knows I am very dashing and debonairs...like the man of Veronica's dreamz in Gone wif the Winds!!! (she watchs that movie like every days)

Fig

PB & J said...

Oh another Doris Day - one of our Mommy's favorites!

Queen Snickers and Empress said...

That sounds so cute!! One weekend we are just going to have to do a movie rent a thon with all your picks!!

Sunny's Mommy said...

That was a very good movie. I remember it from when I was a kid.

Mickey said...

That is a great review!! Mom saw lots of Doris Day movies but cannot remember this one. We might have to see and remember :)
Mom remembers Paul Lynde from Carol Burnett,heehee(he's nuts)
Purrs Mickey

Forty Paws said...

Maw remembers that movie! She lufs all the Doris Day movies. You did a great review on it!

Luf, Us

jh an Mickey Mantle said...

"screwball comedy" 'eh?
lemme think if i hav a moovie i wood like u to revyoo, tybalt.
how abowt da moovie "da russianz ar comin ... da russianz ar comin." do u know dat one?
it made mi mom laff an laff.
luv--jh

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Hmmm, Mom hasn't seen that movie, but now she's very interested in seeing it, thanks to your wonderful review! *smile*

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

TT said...

Hmmm glass bottom boats? I wonders if the big male bean guy woulds like one...

DaisyMae Maus said...

That looks like a fun movie to watch!
DMM

Christine and FAZ said...

My human remembers this film from when she was young - and she really loved it. Doris Day is one of her favourites and she loves Bob Hope too. FAZ

catsynth said...

Interesting reviews. We've never seen that movie - actually, we haven't seen a lot of movies lately, one reason is because the actual weather is warm, and it gets us a bit distracted...

Ana said...

I have never heard about this movie but we definitely know about Glass Bottom Boats. We have lots of them here! Thanks for the great review!

The Whiskers & Purrs Gang said...

Dearest Tybalt,
We must make mommy git that movie for us right away! Thank you for all of the wonnerful movie reviews!

Very truly yours,
The Whiskers & Purrs Gang

The Cat Realm said...

The maid made us stop reading because she realized she'd never seen this movie (can you believe it???) and now wants to rent it...