Friday, March 26, 2010

Pleasure Seekers(1964)

The Pleasure Seekers (1964). Comedy/Musical/Romance. Cast: Ann-Margret, Anthony Franciosa, and Carol Lynley, with Gardner McKay, Pamela Tiffin, Brian Keith, and Gene Tierney. It was adapted for the screen by Edith R. Sommer, based on the novel Coins in the Fountain by John H. Secondari. Director; Jean Negulesco. This was Gene Tierney's final film.

Three young women go to Madrid and fall in love. Fran, a singer and actress becomes attracted to a Spanish doctor who tries his best not to become involved with Fran. Maggie is a secretary hopelessly in love with her boss, who is married to a jealous woman. When Barton eventually realizes that he loves his wife and family more than Maggie, Maggie turns to Pete Stenello, a handsome young reporter. Susie falls for a wealthy playboy. The film is considered to be a remake of 1954's Three Coins in the Fountain, with the locale changed from Rome. Both films were directed by Negulesco. Ann-Margret sings four songs composed by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen.
Ann Margret singing Pleasure Seekers.
I loved the clothes of the 60s. Ann Margret was fun to watch in her musical numbers. I would have like to have seen Gene Tierney in a bigger part.

Two remakes of the film have been released. The first was the 1964 musical The Pleasure Seekers starring Ann-Margret and the second was the 1990 television movie Coins in the Fountain starring Loni Anderson.

Author and television produce, Secondari, 1952 novel Coins in the Fountain, was made into the 1954 Academy Award-winning film Three Coins in the Fountain and remade as the 1964 Oscar-nominated film The Pleasure Seekers. In 1963, he produced the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning ABC television series Saga of Western Man.

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