The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

FRANK TASHLIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1966.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Arwin Productions, Reame Productions.  Screenplay by . Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , . Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The Doris Day formula is tired but still has its moments in this bubbly comedy. She plays a NASA employee (and part-time mermaid for her father’s titular tourboat!) who is assigned to write a biography on a brilliant scientist () who has come up with a highly classified project for the American military. She spends enough time with him to inspire romantic feelings, but because of a series of mishaps is accidentally assumed to be a Russian spy (the downside of having a dog named Vladimir). It’s incredibly silly, very rarely makes any sense and resolves itself poorly, but the sunny photography and beautiful locales make it an easy watch for such an airheaded movie. Day doesn’t show any signs of wear on the type of character she’d been playing for years at this point, and looks lovely throughout.

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