Doris Day, who died at age 97 on May 13, entered her “professional virgin” stage with this comedy of manners powered by non-stop double entendres and mistaken identities. A prudish interior designer (Day) shares a party line with the playboy next door (Hudson). After she files a complaint with the phone company, he decides to take revenge. In the guise of a fey Texan, he puts the moves on her so she’ll stop harassing him. The film’s success revitalized the rom-com and launched a new era of sex comedies, including two more reteaming Doris and Rock. Much has been made of the closeted Hudson playing a straight man pretending to be gay, but he and Day create genuine sparks, and the film marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship between the two stars.
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