Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1960. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Lenore J. Coffee, Marion Hargrove, based on the novel by Cameron Hawley. Cinematography by George J. Folsey. Produced by Henry Blanke. Music by Max Steiner. Production Design by Malcolm C. Bert. Costume Design by Howard Shoup. Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson.
When an aging businessman decides to sell his successful company and enjoy the comforts of retirement, it draws the interest of a multimillionaire business tycoon (James Garner) who is ready to slap down the cash and buy it. Sweetening the deal is the appearance of the prospective seller’s daughter (Natalie Wood), with whom Garner had a brief flirtation that can now be rekindled despite the fact that mixing business with pleasure is a dangerous affair. This monumentally boring exercise in stiffness has little to recommend it, from the bone-dry opening scenes of corporate dialogue that should be relieved by Wood’s appearance until it becomes obvious that she and Garner have not the least bit of chemistry between them. Better forgotten and ignored.