The Thrill of It All (1963) is a romantic comedy film directed by Norman Jewison starring Doris Day, James Garner, Arlene Francis, and ZaSu Pitts. The screenplay was written by Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner. Reiner also plays a cameo as a character actor appearing on TV in various nasty roles.

Reiner had originally conceived the project for Judy Holliday, who developed cancer and had to bow out of the project, according to Reiner's reminiscence during his videotaped "Archive of American Television" interview. (Holliday died of cancer in 1965 at the age of 43.)

Plot summary

The story centers around suburban housewife Beverly Boyer (Doris Day) and her husband, a successful obstetrician and devoted family man, Gerald (James Garner). Beverly is offered the opportunity to star in a television commercial advertising soap. After a shaky start, she gets a contract for nearly $80,000 per year to appear in weekly TV commercials. Soon the TV studio places greater and greater demands on the unlikely TV star. Gerald resents the fact that the appearances are taking up an increasing amount of her time, and becomes jealous of the level of attention that her new-found stardom has brought her. Their relationship slowly deteriorates until she decides to return as a housewife.


  • Doris Day as Beverly Boyer
  • James Garner as Dr. Gerald Boyer
  • Arlene Francis as Mrs. Fraleigh
  • Edward Andrews as Gardiner Fraleigh
  • Reginald Owen as Old Tom Fraleigh
  • Zasu Pitts as Olivia
  • Elliott Reid as Palmer
  • Alice Pearce as Irving's wife
  • Kym Karath as Maggie Boyer
  • Brian Nash as Andy Boyer
  • Lucy Landau as Mrs. Goethe
  • Paul Hartman as Dr. Taylor
  • Hayden Rorke as Billings
  • Alex Gerry as Stokely
  • Robert Gallagher as Van Camp

Box office performance

The Thrill of It All was the 16th biggest hit of the year, grossing $11,779,093 domestically. It earned $6 million in US theatrical rentals.


External links

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  • The Thrill of It All (1963) at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Thrill of It All! (1963) at AllMovie
  • The Thrill of It All at the TCM Movie Database
  • The Thrill of It All at Trailers from Hell

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