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Promises! Promises! ( Exclusive) (1963)

Jayne Mansfield , Marie McDonald , King Donovan  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jayne Mansfield, Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan, Mickey Hargitay, Fritz Feld
  • Directors: King Donovan
  • Writers: Tommy Noonan, Edna Sheklow, William Welch
  • Producers: Tommy Noonan, Donald F. Taylor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3LKKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Promises! Promises! ( Exclusive)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Uncensored on-the-set photo shoot
  • Original "hot" and "cold" theatrical trailers

Editorial Reviews

Actors: Jayne Mansfield, Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan, Mickey Hargitay, Fritz Feld. This sexy shipboard romp about two women who are pregnant but don't know which of the husbands is the father resulted in a headline-grabbing photo spread in Playboy Magazine. Comic Fritz Feld gives Tommy Noonan a pill to help him become a father … was this the original "blue pill?" DVD Bonus & Features: Actors Bios, Scene Selection Menu, Uncensored on the set Photo Shoot, Original Theatrical Trailers for both "hot" and "cold" versions: DVD-5, Dolby Digital, 75 minutes, B&W, 1.85:1, NR, 1963.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Provocative, Sexy,Sensuous delight!! May 9, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
One of Jayne Mansfield last films and certainly the most unrestrained was this outrageous sex romp on an ocean liner.The plot,involving bed-hopping and mistaken identities,served as an excuse for her patented infamous nude scenes.This Provocative,sexy,sensuos delight was quite controversial back in the early 60's which the original version was banned in many cities and replaced by a much edited version.When Playboy published a group of still shots from the movie including one described as Jayne"writhing seductively in bed" that issue of Playboy was banned by many cities across the country.Overall,this movie is a Provocatve,Sexy,Sensuous delight that's very well worth watching especially in it's original,unedited movie version!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promises! Promises! February 5, 2006
Promises! Promises! is the ultimate Jayne Mansfiled movie. It is a must for any Jayne Mansfield fan. The movie is very low budget. There is a scene where Marie MacDonald and Tommy Noonan are walking and you can see the microphone in front of them. Jayne Mansfield makes up for all that. I have seen it many times and from the opening credits which thank Jayne Mansfields parents for providing her body to the end it is a Jayne Manfields fan dream come true.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voyeur and Peeping-Tom Delight ! July 18, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
It is quite understandable that this film was seen as 'shocking' when it was released.After all,Jayne was the first 'major-star' to appear naked in a movie.Actually those naked scenes are quite strange,and seem out-of-context in the movie plot(if you call that a movie plot!).When,at one point she is in bed naked,she actually looks like she is mastur...Jayne was 30 years old,looked absolutely sensational,mostly as she sings'Promise Her Anything' in that floor-lenght gown.Wow !
This movie is a must-see for any Mansfield fan.We see her with Mickey Hargitay the year before they finally got their divorce;also on a sad note,we get to see Marie 'The Body' McDonald in her last film role(died in 1965).Also another bonus is to watch T.C. Jones,the female impersonator,being himself (Gay as a picnic basket,as Sophia in The Golden Girls,would say !)
In no way is this film a Classic,but it is good-fluff,and it sure beats the other poor choices Ms. Mansfield made in her career.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nude Nostalgia June 10, 2007
When I was a little boy I found my dad's Playboy issue where Jayne Mansfield appeared nude in a pictorial about a movie she was filming. The title was "Promises, Promises" and it never played here, in Mexico, due to censorship. The memory stayed within me and now, quite older, I could get the film and notice that it's a low budget comedy that exploited Mansfield's sex appeal and her magnificent body. Nothing much to it, except that it brings back memories about an era where we were naïve. It's fun and one gets to see a female legend of the fifties.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promises kept! January 30, 2006
By Tintan
This is a sexy romp from the 60's and it is a really a lot of fun. The movie has a number of nude scenes of Jayne at her most voluptuous. I'm also looking forward to seeing the photos that were not used in the original Playboy spread. They are supposed to be in with the bonus features.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Just for Jayne April 21, 2008
In 1959 a man named Russ Meyer released a film called "The Immoral Mr. Teas" and created a genre of his own called Nudie Cuties. Many immitations soon followed by other exploitation filmmakers like David Friedman, Harry Novak and Doris Wishman. But the most famous of these other cuties was the one that featured the world famous Hollywood legend, Jayne Mansfield in all her naked glory called "Promises! Promises!".

The film has been often credited as the first time a major actress has appeared nude onscreen. This is not necessarily true, Heddy Lamarr exposed her assets in "Ecstasy" in 1933, and Annette Kellerman did the same in "A Daughter of the Gods" even earlier in 1916. However, being this is mainstream Hollywood here, this certainly can be considered very bold for it's time.

In 1963, Jayne's career was on the decline. Blonde bombshells were being tossed aside in favor of more sophisticated brunettes like Audrey Hepburn, Mary Tyler Moore among others due to what I call the "Jackie Kennedy cultural phase". So Jayne needed a gimmick to boost her career and this is what she chose, something totally outragous as always.

Is this film worth watching? Yes, for Jayne's eyepopping figure only! The rest of the film is pretty bad involving a silly plot taking place on cruise liner co-starring her then-husband Micky Hargitay and comedian Tommy Noonan. It has a few humorous moments scattered about here and there, but all just silly cornball stuff. The nude scenes are basically random clips edited in with not much relevance to the "plot" and are more or less dream sequences. We see Jayne coming out of the bathroom topless, then readying a bath with her beautiful bubbly boohind exposed (I still say her rear is every bit as eyecatching as her chest!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promises! Promises! September 11, 2009
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Jayne Mansfield's most revealing movie. Need I say more? Though the movie is in Black & White it was the subject of a Color layout in of their best selling editions. If you're a Marilyn, Mamie and Jayne fan this is a must for your collection.Promises! Promises! ( Exclusive)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Jayne will appreciate this! February 7, 2009
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I remember seeing this film advertised as "For Adults Only" in the 1960s and it was shown in so-called "art houses," a moniker given to theaters that specialized in nudie films at the time. Fifty years later, I saw for myself what the hype was all about.

For the time, it was quite shocking to see a mainstream actress like Jayne Mansfield in the nude (it was mostly her bare backside and her infamous breasts). The subject matter at the time (infidelity, pregnancy, seduction) which was considered risque was also a reason why it was shown at these theaters. At any rate, this film gives the Jayne Mansfield fan an eyeful of what they've fantasized about. Considering that it was cheaply made, the quality of the film is quite good.

I have always been a fan of Tommy Noonan (he was responsible for producing the film and directed all of the publicity shots of a nude Jayne for Playboy and the press from what I read in Jayne's biography) and he does a pretty good job of playing the bewildered husband who is frantically trying to make his wife (Jayne) pregnant. They are on a cruise ship and the ship's doctor (Fritz Feld) gives him what may be the early version of Viagra in a little pill. Marie (The Body) McDonald also appears as a frustrated wife who ironically, is going through the same dilemma with her husband (the ever-so-not-talented Mickey Hargitay, Jayne's real-life husband with whom she never had a problem becoming pregnant). Between the two couples, no one is sure who slept with whom and then the fun begins. There are other characters that add to the mayhem (the flamboyantly gay and really funny T.C.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A curiosity
Lousy film, just bought it out of curiosity about Jayne Mansfield's nude scene. Not worth it. Great body, no talent.
Published 6 months ago by Froggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Promises Promises movie
Funny movie,Jain Mansfield at her best! I remember seeing this movie when I was in high school and it's still very funny!
Published 6 months ago by Ronald W. Mayhew
4.0 out of 5 stars Promises Promises Has the First Nude Scene of a Major Hollywood Star
This is a rare look into the type of movies that Marilyn Monroe may have been making if she had lived. It stars the sexy Jane Mansfield in a role with Tommy Noonan. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jeff F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Comedy
Promises ! Promises ! is a good film Jayne Mansfield made in 1963 in a bid to try to revive her career after her Fox contract ended. Jayne fans will appreciate it most. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars I was happy to finally find jayne's famous bathtub scene
I always had a fasination with jayne mansfield because my mom had met her in person and would mention it quite often. Read more
Published 13 months ago by dolly swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Jayne Mansfield what a beauty.More so than Marilyn.And she had a sweet way about her. It was a mistake to leave Mickey he was good for her
Published 13 months ago by Patricia
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap expolation movie. If Jayne Mansfield wasn't naked this movie...
Jayne Mansfield must havw been desperiate to make this movie, She must have thouht being naked would enhance her careear, but she was wrong. Read more
Published 14 months ago by roger smothers
3.0 out of 5 stars black and white
not the best movie i've see but jayne mansfield in her naked glory makes it worth seeing. a real woman for sure
Published 18 months ago by munnsmet
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but a tease
If you really want to see Jayne naked you can download the photo without suffering through this waste of time. Bad acting, bad directing, bad sets, bad lighting....need I go on?
Published 22 months ago by JHDScot
3.0 out of 5 stars Old-Fashioned but Fun
This a quaint 60s film with Jayne fully visible. I remember going to the college Friday night event and it was the R-rated one. This is the full deal. Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by Robert L. Loveless
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