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As a story none of this is believable but that is never the point. What we have is a story in which silliness is the point. How we get from beginning to end is where the art is. There is no serious message here which is why this film is as light and appealing now as it was forty years ago. It is also startlingly clean as sex comedies go. There is no foul language and the most "flesh" one sees is a smidgen of panty from an unzipped dress.
We tend to think ourselves as a bit superior about these old movies in that we know Hudson was gay in real life. "Ha Ha Ha. People back then really believed that Hudson would have fallen for Prentiss. .Ha Ha Ha" Well stuff it. Hudson was an actor who wanted to make us laugh. It would be a real tragedy if all we do is laugh at him.
Rock Hudson is Roger Willoughby, a renowned fishing expert, who, unbeknownst to his friends, co-workers, or boss, has never cast a line in his life. One day, he crosses paths with Abigail Paige (Paula Prentiss), a sweetly annoying girl who has just badgered his boss into signing Roger up for an annual fishing tournament. Panicked, Hudson confesses his, uh, inadequate experience to the ever-resourceful Abigail. Abby decides to take Roger up to Lake Waccapugi where the tournament will take place and get him broken in. Along the way, Roger learns other things: how to start a motor boat without falling into a lake, how to hold a fish without cringing, and how to discover the girl of his life... with her driving him absolutely crazy!
An excellent supporting cast, a brilliant screenplay, and marvelous cinematography make "Man's Favorite Sport?" a great laugh-out-loud comedy for the whole family.
MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT? recounts the adventures of angling 'expert' Roger Willoughby (Rock Hudson) who is invited to take part in a prestigious fishing tournament. However, Roger can't even throw a line, let alone catch a fish! When press agent Abigail Page (the delightful Paula Prentiss) finds out about Roger's problem, she decides to give him the ultimate crash course in fishing...
Initially, director Howard Hawks wanted to fashion this movie as a semi-remake of his 1938 classic "Bringing Up Baby", to the point where he even approached Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn about starring in it!
The film features a great musical score by Henry Mancini as well as fine supporting performances from Maria Perschy and Charlene Holt. The DVD includes the trailer. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).
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I saw this movie with my mom when I was about 13, it was funny then and is funny now. Rock Hudson plays an employee of a sporting goods store as an expert angler. Read morePublished 22 days ago by LauraD
Still makes me laugh! Whether you fish or not, this is another fun oldie!Published 1 month ago by S. Swartz
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