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Starring Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, Micheline Presle, John Lund, and more!
This movie begins with Chantel (Dee) she is a girl who likes men, probably inherited from her very french mother who was in show business in Paris.
She knows all the secrets to a happy marriage, sly tricks, and everything. So when the whole family is suddenly transfered to New York for the fathers (Lund) job. There Chantel meets Eugene (Darin) the photographer, who has his own "views" on marriage. And he loves being a bachelor, that is until Chantel slyly changes all thise views, with her mothers help, of course.
So, the couple are married. But now Chantel has to keep Gene interested.
Which she has trouble with at first, that is until Chantels mother gives her the 'giude to a happy marriage' which she says worked wonderfully with her father! And when Chantel looks down she is horrified that the book is called How to Train a Man's Best Friend!!
She is disgusted!
Until she starts to use it, and finds out iy works wonderfully!
And everything goes wonderfully until...
This is a GREAT movie! Henry Levin does a completely wonderful job, and I advise you not to waste a minute in seeing it!!
The main stars of the film are Sandra Dee, Bobby Darin, and Stephanie Powers. I definitely would recommend this film and That Funny Feeling - both with Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee.
These films are great examples of the comedies of the sixties.
The plot concerns a wealthy young socialite, Chantal Stacy (the lovely and priceless Dee) who as trouble finding Mr. Right, until she meets photographer Eugene Wright (the cute and hilarious Darin). After she marries him, she tries to use her mother's advice by treating him like a pet, thinking that will make him a more affectionate and attentive husband. It works for a while, until Chantal spills her "secret" to her school friend (a young Stefanie Powers), who, just slightly tipsy, lets Eugene in on it, and leaving Chantal to find a different way to get his attention. Again, she turns to her mother for advice for some jealousy tactics. Micheline Presle is a gem as Chantal's mother, while John Lund is perfect as Chantal's protective father. And Cesar Romero is impeccable as Eugene's "dirty old man" artist father taking part in one of the schemes. And the cute dogs and the new little "addition" to the family . . . . .
Dee and Darin were an adorable couple, and this movie confirms it. Don't listen to the critics' opinions about this blast from the past - it's a jewel. It's great that so many of these older movies are being released on DVD, as they so justly deserve to be. Now a whole new generation can enjoy them!
For those of us who admired her work in films, this is a sad day indeed. She was "before my time" but I never saw a Sandra Dee picture I didn't love. She was a child model, and a teen star, and she married the pop singer Bobby Darin while still carving out her own screen career, so perhaps she wasn't lucky in her own life, since she seemed to have grown up too fast and to have missed the normal life of the child, but we her fans were extremely lucky. We got to thrill with her as the first girl surfer in GIDGET, and to root for her against her selfish mother in the second version of IMITATION OF LIFE, and to cry a little as she romanced Troy Donahue and "went all the way" in the majestically corny A SUMMER PLACE. And so many other films, good and bad.
A few years back she and Troy Donahue made a personal appearance at the Castro Theater here in San Francisco, where she seemed frail, but happy to greet the hordes of fans who poured in from all over the country to thank her for the decades of pleasure her cinematic legacy has given us. She even sang a little bit of that ironic song from GREASE that mocked her virginal image, "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee!" She was in fine form that night, and signed autographs and posed for photos until she begged off due to fatigue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie was ok I bought it for my sister hum I did not know that you can train a man as you would train a DOG What up with thatPublished 22 days ago by MaggieLarue
I looked for this movie for years!!! I'm thrilled to add it to my library of favorite films!!Published 4 months ago by Kari
A fun movie ... if you are a Sandra Dee/Bobby Darin fan, you will enjoy this movie.Published 5 months ago by CRC
Classics chick flick. Perfect for bridal showers or girls nightPublished 5 months ago by Carolyn K. Tyler
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