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The Glass Bottom Boat (2005)

Doris Day , Rod Taylor , Frank Tashlin  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Paul Lynde, Dom De Luise, Ellen Corby
  • Directors: Frank Tashlin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QS2ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Glass Bottom Boat" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Three vintage featurettes: Catalina Island, Every Girl’s Dream, NASA
  • Oscar-winning cartoon The Dot and the Line
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Doris Day, Rod Taylor. A public relations specialist gets wrapped up in a crazy espionage adventure which leads to a precarious relationship with her boss. 1966/color/110 min/NR/widescreen.

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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Spying- Or Is It? June 1, 2005
The Glass Bottom Boat is about everything that life was about in the 60's. The Cold War was in full swing, James Bond had become a household name and Doris Day was still the top box office actress. With all of this, how could the film go wrong- what could they lose? Doris Day and Rod Taylor had already lost alot in their previous film Do Not Disturb which many have never even heard of unless you are an avid Doris Day fan. All believed including the man responsible for many Jerry Lewis movies, Frank Tashlin that this would be a success. With Tashlin's talent for spoofing the times the world was in, Glass Bottom Boat was just what the doctor ordered.

The film begins by introducing the widowed Jennifer Nelson, played by Doris Day. She works at NASA with a part-time job as a mermaid for her father's Glass Bottom Boat service. When Jennifer gets caught up, literally, she meets Bruce Templeton, played by Rod Taylor. She is not immediately impressed, and thankful that they will never see each other again, or so she thinks.

She soon finds out that she and Bruce are not only co-workers, but worse- he's her boss! She then becomes his personal assistant who makes mysterious phone calls, which the bumbling security guard played by Paul Lynde believes to be to the spy she is working for to get Bruce's top secret GISMO to the Russians. This assumption soon becomes an ultimate security problem, and everyone is out to get her.

Frank Tashlin really does a great job with his characters.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Fun December 31, 2004
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This is a typically formulaic Doris Day light comedy vehicle, but an entertaining one, nonetheless. The film centers around Day, a Public Relations expert and part-time mermaid impersonator, and her error filled romance with Rod Taylor, a genius engineer with a Jetsonesque house. The two of them do well in their respective roles, and the rest of the supporting cast is generally good as well. Dick Martin is particularly good as Taylor's partner, and Arthur Godfrey is great as her Dad. Paul Lynde shines as a paranoid security guard, and is rewarded with a scene in drag (you must see the wig to believe it.) The only weak link is Dom DeLuise as an inept spy. DeLuise is responsible for the one star downgrade, as I feel he frequently brings down otherwise perfect scenes.

The plot isn't heavy duty, it involves an artificial gravity machine, incompetent spies, and romance, but although lightweight, it is fun, and is certainly upbeat and suitable for all audiences (what little innuendo there is will fly right past children, anyway.)

For a lighthearted, fun experience, I recommend "The Glass Bottom Boat."
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DAY'S BUOYANT "BOAT" CRUISES TO LAUGHS October 13, 2000
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Variety, the "Bible" of Show Business noted the following in its Wednesday, July 13, 1966 edition. The top five moneymaking movies in America were, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "The Russians are Coming", "Doctor Zhivago", "The Sound of Music" and "The Glass Bottom Boat". After 18 years in films and with only two years and 4 films remaining, Doris Day, the star of "The Glass Bottom Boat" remained a major figure in the entertainment industry. "Boat" proved to be one of MGM's and the industry's top box-office successes in 1966. Watching the film today in its exquisitely restored DVD version replete with wide screen and luscious color, a viewer can easily understand why audiences at New York's Radio City Music Hall and throughout the country guffawed long and loud at the on-screen antics.
The DVD, which comes with lots of extras including some great newsreel footage of Miss Day modeling some of the outfits from the film, should be required viewing by anyone with an appreciation for comedy delivered with gusto and zeal by an exceptional cast headed by Miss Day.
Our girl Doris plays a guide at a space plant who goes to school nights and moonlights on weekends as a mermaid on Catalina Island. Her father, played with obvious relish by Arthur Godfrey in his film debut, owns the Glass Bottom Boat of the title and Day as his daughter Jennifer provides the tourists with something special to see. In her 40's at the time of the film, Miss Day looks stunning, absolutely radiant in her cute hairstyle and looking bronzed, freckled and very, very sexy. It was reportedly this film that Director Mike Nichols saw and which made him determined to cast Miss Day as Mrs. Robinson in his soon to be filmed, "The Graduate".
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glass Bottom Boat March 13, 2008
This movie is comedy at its best! Doris Day and Rod Taylor make a great team. You never get tired of this classic. It is an old formula that works well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! June 20, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This has gotta be the best Doris Day movie I've ever seen. It's really funny! There are also some great actors in small parts. Eric Fleming (you know him as trail boss Gil Favor on the TV show Rawhide) gives a stellar performance as the bad guy...Edgar Hill. It's really funny seeing him in a role like this! Also, if you look carefully, for about three seconds when they start playing music from The Man From U.N.C.L.E, there's Robert Vaughn himself leaning on the bar! That cameo was REALLY cool! It's a fun movie, and you'll really enjoy it. Day sings "Que Sera Sera" (what's new?) and the title song, and there are plenty of funny lines. It's slapstick, a lot of fun to see, and it's clean. Why can't they make stuff like this nowadays?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Doris Day movie
I'm prejudiced because I just love this movie!! The cast of great actors and the lively Doris Day with Dom Deluise, Dick Martin, Laugh-In fame, Paul Lynde, well I could go on and... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Liondog
5.0 out of 5 stars Light comedy about the Cold War
I am a huge Doris Day fan, and this is one of my favorite of her movies. They cast this movie perfectly. If you like goofy retro comedies, this should be on your watch-list.
Published 1 day ago by M. L. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite Doris Day film!
Yet another Doris Day comedy that kept me chuckling to the end. I give it 5 stars, my favorite of her films next to Calamity Jane!
Published 15 days ago by Carrie Swisher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have if You Like Doris Day or Rod Taylor
It would be embarressing to tell you how many times I have watched this movie since I got it. (Whatever you are thinking.... double it). :D It's Doris Day at her best... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Kimberlee Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOVE this movie!
One of my all time favorites! Love story, action movie, spy thriller and musical comedy! Too bad there aren't more like this.
Published 19 days ago by Jennifer Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day Wonderful As Aways
The Glass Bottom Boat is a good comedy starring Doris Day and Paul Lynde. You can watch this with anybody. The scenes with Paul in drag have to be seen to be believed.
Published 22 days ago by K. Nolting
4.0 out of 5 stars The Glass Bottom Boat
Doris Day movies made during the 50s and 60s were great movies, almost all were wonderful movies for the whole family to enjoy, most were comedies as well. Read more
Published 25 days ago by C. Moraga
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!
Slowly replacing all my VHS tapes with these awesome DVDs. This is one of my absolute favorite Doris Day movies!
Published 27 days ago by Debby Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars old movie fun
a great movie for a rainy day and the kids can watch it with no cussing, or gay scenes a rarity these days
Published 28 days ago by Diane R. Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Doris Day doesn't make a bad movie. I have most of her DVD's and I never get tired of seeing them over and over.
Published 29 days ago by Karen E. Maleske
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