Phffft

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IMDb Rating 6.6 10 1

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Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate / Crown Prince Frederick Hoepnick
Joyce Jameson as Mary Davis
Judy Holliday as Doris Attinger
Kim Novak as Madge Owens
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88 min
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88 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by CMUltra 9 / 10 / 10

It's all in the timing!

One reason Judy Holliday fans (of which I am one) are so fervent in their love for the comedienne is that she had mastered timing. In comedy, timing is everything. Phffft! is an excellent vehicle for Judy to work her magic. The story is pedestrian and the one-liners range from cute to tired. But, in Holliday's capable hands the material takes on new life. Watch her delivery, her pauses, her expressions. All pitch-perfect. Jack Lemmon is fantastic as well. In this and "It Should Happen To You" he and Judy display a great on-screen comic chemistry. They play off each other very well. Lemmon handles his own scenes in his classic style as well. He was truly a joy to watch. The film also benefits from excellent support by Jack Carson as Lemmon's best friend/bad influence. Kim Novak makes, I believe, her first major appearance in this movie and does well. She's not as polished as she will later be but her appeal is still quite evident. For me, the movie gets better with repeated viewings. Always a good sign. The mambo scene between Judy and Jack alone is worth the price of admission! Ole!

Reviewed by nomoons11 7 / 10 / 10

This one is easily my favorite Judy Holliday film

You wanna know why? Cause she doesn't play Judy Holliday. Normally of all the Holliday films that get bounced around as great, Born Yesterday and It Should Happen to You are usually what gets mentioned. This one, to me, is her best. She actually plays a character that's not the dumb ditzy blonde. There's no trace of the Born Yesterday character in this. I loved it. There doesn't have to be a whole lot mentioned about Jack Lemmon because...well...he's just great in just about anything he does. This one is no exception. The chemistry between these 2 is pretty amazing. I'm a little surprised they didn't do more films together. Watch this on a rainy day with an ice cold glass of milk and a box of doughnuts. It's one of those films you'll fall into on the couch and smile when the credits role.

Reviewed by theowinthrop 7 / 10 / 10

Made For Each Other

It is not the greatest comedy in the world, nor the greatest film of either it's two stars (nor it's two lead supporting players), nor the best film it's two stars made together, nor the best film script of George Axelrod. But PHFFFT is a good comedy about marriage and divorce, and in it's point of view resembles a film made a decade earlier in England called VACATION FROM MARRIAGE, about how their experiences in World War II separately rejuvenate the love and affection in Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr's doldrum like marriage. Fortunately Jack Lemmon and Judy Holiday don't need anything so desperate. Lemmon is a former naval officer who is a tax lawyer and has met Holiday, an employee of a major network, in the waning days of World War II. They start dating, and end up marrying just at the point that his career in the Navy ends (and he hooks up in a good law firm) and her career zooms as the author of a major radio soap opera (which in 1954 was still quite a big thing). But as they are both prospering in their careers, they tend to drift a bit apart. We see Lemmon (after dinner with Holiday) getting sexual excitement reading a "Mickey Spillaine" type novel (how Ensign Pulver would have understood that), and a slow simmering Judy watching him for some kind of action towards her. Finally she asks him for a divorce. Surprisingly he agrees, as he feels there is nothing left in their marriage at this point. She gets a divorce very quickly (by the way - small note - her taxi driver taking her away from the courthouse is Jimmy Dodd of the Mickey Mouse Club fame: this is the first time I have seen him in anything except the Mickey Mouse Club). But soon Judy (under the wing of her mother, Luella Gear) finds she is not finding any fulfillment in her new freedom. Her first date is with an actor from her soap opera, who instead of romancing her starts discussing writing a rival character (actually the central character!) out of some of the scripts. Her attempts at foreign language studies (she is planning a trip to France) does not work. And her mother's redecoration (a round bed) is not really great. But Jack is not doing well either. Setting up with his old navy buddy, Jack Carson (mentally I compared their relatively easy relationship to Jack's classic problems with Walter Matthau in later films), and finding that Carson's solutions are not all great. He wants Jack to jump back into the dating game - and volunteers Kim Novak for that. Novak is playing her part like a clone (except in terms of hair style) to Marilyn Monroe. She has the wide eyed naiveté mixed with a large dollop of common sense about what she is around for. But it is a clone performance, and one welcome later performances of Novak in both comedy (BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE) and drama (VERTIGO) to see what she would turn out to be capable of doing. Jack does lighten up - he first buys a sporty little Austin to drive around in, and he does take dance lessons (as does Judy). The latter leads to the real highlight of the film: when both arrive at a night spot with dates, end up on the dance floor doing the rumba and the mambo, and managing to transform their dancing into a momentary charge of sexual attraction between them. From that point one realizes it is only a matter of time before they return together. Carson has one major scene as well. He decides (erroneously, as it turns out) that since Jack and Judy are divorced, he can date Judy. As this is an Axelrod script, there is a bit of THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH here, as Carson tells Judy of his noticing "types" who are dating. It reminds one of Tom Ewell talking or thinking of sexual problems or matters in the other film. It is a neat little time capsule in many ways. Made today, the sexual aspect would be more outspoken, but it was made in the quieter (perhaps too quieter) Eisenhower Era. Even the title is a bit of a time capsule artifact: "Phffft" (pronounced with a bit of air in the voice as "fitt") was a term used by Walter Winchell in his gossip column to say that a loving celebrity couple was splitting. It's brief, final sound (like a rip or a whistle of air) suggested that these romances were brief things. But who remembers Winchell these days - his columns are useful in doing research for books on old celebrities. Still the movie itself was a nice romantic comedy, and worth watching.

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