Lover Come Back – 1961 – English
Synopsis: Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton are both in the advertising business, but for different agencies. Annoyed by Jerry’s methods of using alcohol and women to ensure contracts for his agency, Carol tries to get him thrown out of his profession. To avoid this Jerry bribes the girl who’d testify against him, by starring her in a TV commercial for a product named VIP that he’s just made up.
By accident these commercials are broadcasted and to keep his job, Jerry has to come up with VIP for which he enlists the help of Doctor Linus Tyler. Carol goes to see the Doctor to try and get the VIP account, but because she and Jerry have never met, she mistakes Jerry for the Doctor. Jerry then takes advantage of this situation to win her.
Review: Of the three Rock Hudson–Doris Day films my absolute favorite is Lover Come Back. It’s not only a good sex comedy for Doris and Rock, but it’s also a very funny satire on the advertising business of Madison Avenue.
In Pillow Talk Doris was an interior decorator and Rock a songwriter. They haven’t changed their characters at all, but now are both in the advertising business.
Through an incredible combination of circumstances I couldn’t possibly write Rock has created commercials for a product that doesn’t exist and the doofus son of the agency he works for, Tony Randall, has ordered them given full blown airing. With Doris nipping at his heels for unethical practices, Rock and Tony hire a nutty scientist played by Jack Kruschen to come up with some kind of product for the commercials.
In the meantime Doris mistakes Rock for the scientist and now we’re back to the plot of Pillow Talk as Rock decides to make some time with Doris. It gets pretty wild and wacky, especially after Kruschen invents something that has some very unforeseen consequences.
All the cast members do just fine in this very bright comedy that has me splitting a gut with laughter every time I see it. In addition to the cast members mentioned, I should also single out Edie Adams as the southern model who Hudson makes the commercials with.
Also to be singled out in what turned out to be his farewell screen performance is Jack Oakie who plays the southern client who Rock steals from Doris and gets all the wacky nonsense started.
Even given the changing mores, Lover Come Back holds up quite well and today’s audience will love it as I do.