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Bachelor In Paradise [Remaster] (1961)

Bob Hope , Lana Turner , Jack Arnold  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Janis Paige, Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss
  • Directors: Jack Arnold
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NWOC1E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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America was sprawling away from Main Street, transforming into a nation of bedroom communities within easy commute of the office. But what's going on in those bedrooms? Bob Hope intends to find out when he plays a Bachelor in Paradise. Always quick with a quip, Hope portrays Arthur J. Niles, noted author of books that offer worldly advice while documenting the lifestyles and love life of various cultures. His newest study: Paradise Village, a rambling new suburb in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. Lana Turner, in her only screen teaming with the comedy legend, portrays the stylish unmarried femme who works in the tract's sales office. Ah, looks like Paradise may somehow lose a bachelor but gain a comedy.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 60s Suburban Goofiness? I'm the one in Paradise! July 23, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I'm probably the last person in the world the makers of Bachelor In Paradise had in mind when they crafted this little piece of cinematic cuteness. I'm not a Bob Hope fan, and I'm not too keen on romantic comedies, either. In fact, I'm still not exactly sure what inspired me to watch the movie in the first place. Regardless, I LOVED Bachelor In Paradise.
This flick is hopelessly predictable, and yet I fell hopelessly in love with the goofy tale of writer A.J. Niles plunked into the Paradise Hills community to observe the quirky rites and rituals of its Atomic Age inhabitants. I think the movie's greatest appeal these days rests in its affectionate and humorous portrait of suburban America in the early 60s; from the houses painted "California Choral" to the way-cool drive-in restaurants and bowling alleys, this is the suburban America of Ed Wood minus the satire. I loved it.
But even if you're not a fan of postwar-era suburbia, there's plenty to like about the movie. Hope's lines are actually quite funny, the chemistry between he and Lana Turner is palpable, and the off-the-wall chaos that results from Hope's counseling of the bored women of Paradise Hills is a complete hoot.
All hail director Jack Arnold, master of mid-century pop culture fun. Now somebody put this puppy out on DVD!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pecky Cypress - it's all the rage! November 20, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
From the stylish cartoon opening with the peppy Mancini Song, you know you're in for a fluffy treat.
The sets are wonderful (particularly if you are a fan of Mid-Century Modern, as I am) the dialog is sparkling, the characters are fun and the movie doesn't overstay its welcome. The plot stays true to Bob Hope movie formulas, so you know what's going to happen, but there are plenty of wacky hijinks along the way (the oversudsing washing machine, the trip to the supermarket) to divert you.
All in all, it's a fun trip back to a time when movie people could get drunk without the audience getting beat over the head with a moral message, and movie kids were just kids, without having to be either overly cutesy or annoyingly smartass. Definitely an asset to anyone's movie collection.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you said it jpalms from north carolina!!! [...] January 20, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
It is such a funny classic in my opinion! I am a big fan of Bob Hope and had never heard of the film, but I was able to finally catch it one time on tv as per my mother's recommendation and I am so lucky to have seen it. [...]
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope at His Timeless Best! February 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you love to laugh...if you love TIMELESS comedy...THIS is a MUST HAVE!This is the best entertainer the world has ever seen...at least in popularity and comedy. It does not matter how many times I see this movie...I love it, and want to see it again and again. Never tire of it. It hearkens back to simpler, better times in America, stress free, when the only problems were the mysterious single guy down the street who unbeknownst to the neighbors...is a swinging sex expert novelist...living anonymously among them to do further research. Tim Hutton and other stars add their ingredients to a top notch classic sixties comedy in the realm of Doris Day, James Garner, Carey Grant.
Settling into suburbia without a clue of how to manage a household, this master of comedy shows everyone how funny everyday life can be. BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad June 5, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
When i first saw this movie, I was amazed to find out that Paula Prentiss's character looks just like my mom. Besides that, i have to say that this was a pretty good movie. It was pretty funny and believable, but even though I haven't seen any other of Lana Turner's movies, I bet she gave better performances in those; she's largely wasted here. Bob Hope is his usual funny self; so is Agnes Morehead as the judge, and Jim Hutton as the husband of Paula Prentiss (you know, the character who looks like my mom.) Not the greatest movie ever made, of course, but still fun.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Funny! January 6, 2003
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Even though this movie is a little dated, it's still really funny. I always liked this movie when it was on TV in the past, but I wasn't sure if I would still like it due to not seeing it for so long. I ended up loving this movie. Bob Hope's one liners & facial expressions are priceless. Bob plays a writer that must do research on the lives of couples living in the suburbs for a book in order to get money to pay off the IRS. Overall, it's a fun filled movie that's great to watch over & over again!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this at the walk-in in the 60s when I was a little tyke and just loved it. I saw it on TV in the 90s and since I was living in Southern California I knew where the hood was so I searched one day and I found the house! It is in Calabasas right off the 101 and Mulholland Highway. I loved the finned cars and the gorgeous women. Damn, that Bob Hope was one lucky Bachelor. When it comes out on DVD I will buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Please release this on DVD! August 30, 2006
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When will this delightful movie be available on DVD? I agree with most of what the positive reviews of this film say. It's a delicious look at early 60s suburban sensibilities, and the cast is wonderful. Make no mistake -- I'm a teenager of the 60s, and I was no fan of Bob Hope's conservative viewpoints on the Vietnam war. But, I LOVE Bob Hope -- the same way I love my parents, who had similar beliefs during that time. Bob Hope was a marvelous comedic actor, and this movie is just great entertainment. Lana Turner is wonderful, Paula Prentiss (one of the most under-appreciated actresses in the last century) was wonderful, and the whole movie is a delight from start to finish. It pains me to see that used VHS versions of this movie are selling from private owners for $50 plus, and the studio that owns the rights is not releasing it to DVD. HELLO! I'm a baby-boomer, and this movie came out when I was 10 years old! We are the fastest-growing and largest part of the population of this country. Bob Hope died 3 years ago, and you're missing a good bet! Get with it, and release the DVD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Come for Hope, stay for the cocktails
As much as I like Bob Hope, I didn't care for his role here. Instead of his self-deprecating persona, we get a slightly snarky, slightly d*kish playboy Hope who somehow gains a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rusty Nails
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie was OK, but the nostalgia was the main attraction
This remastered DVD has a couple of times when the color becomes darker than the rest of the film, but overall, the bright colors from the 1960s look great on file. Read more
Published 3 months ago by culturecat
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite movie
I'm glad this now available on DVD. It was only available on VHS for a very long time and cost 79.00! So glad it's been updated.
Published 5 months ago by snowflakes
5.0 out of 5 stars funny dvd
Bob Hope at his classic best , funny , suburban settings , and great visuals of our not too distant past ! Maybe how your parents grew up in short !
Published 6 months ago by Fostger
5.0 out of 5 stars bachelor in paradise
very good movie,well acted,a very good scipt,movie was in very grate shape,delivered fast and befor time, will recomend to any one good family movie
Published 6 months ago by Carl Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
A wonderful old movie that take me back to when America was on top of the world. Why can't we go back?
Published 10 months ago by Tim Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Hope Lana Turner Janis Paige
What can I say? I disagree with the usual reviews. I was lucky enough to actually meet Lana Turner while she was performing in a play in San Antonio, Texas. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Emil E. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars A little trip to the good ole days
This has got to be one of my all time favorites from Hollywood. It's so refreshing to go back to simpler times in this cheery, silly, predictable comedy with great actors and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars THANKS, WARNER ARCHIVES!
Another great Bob Hope comedy hits DVD for the first time. Also can complete your Jim Hutton/Paula Prentiss collection! Excellent!
Published 13 months ago by Ronald Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars Very little Hope for this
BACHELOR IN PARADISE (1962, 111 minutes) is a strange film, half comedy, half life-study. It is also simply not that funny. Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. Hernandez
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