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Director  Jack Arnold
Music director  Henry Mancini
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Story by  Vera Caspary
Language  English
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Writer  Valentine Davies, Hal Kanter
Release date  November 2, 1961 (1961-11-02) (World Premiere, London)
Based on  story by Vera Caspary
Cast  Bob Hope (Adam J. Niles), Lana Turner (Rosemary Howard), Janis Paige (Dolores Jynson), Jim Hutton (Larry Delavane), Paula Prentiss (Linda Delavane), Don Porter (Thomas W. Jynson)
Similar movies  2012, Pride & Prejudice, The Man Who Loved Women, Salt, As Good as It Gets, Scream 4
Tagline  THE TRUE CONFESSIONS and INTIMATE SECRETS of the world's greatest authority on LOVE

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Bachelor in Paradise is a 1961 American Metrocolor romantic comedy film starring Bob Hope and Lana Turner. Directed by Jack Arnold, it was written by Valentine Davies and Hal Kanter, based on a story by Vera Caspary.


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It co-stars Paula Prentiss, Jim Hutton and Janis Paige.

The film won three Laurel awards for Best Comedy, Best Comedy Actor (Hope) and song ("Bachelor in Paradise", music: Henry Mancini and lyrics: Mack David), which was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song. Bob Hope was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Strangely for a very American film, Bachelor in Paradise had its World Premiere at the Coliseum Theatre in London's West End on November 2, 1961 with a personal appearance from Bob Hope.


A.J. Niles is a provocative best-selling author who discovers that he has a large tax debt owed to the IRS, due to being ripped off by his accountant, Herman Wapinger. He goes undercover under the alias "Jack Adams" in a California suburban community called Paradise Village to research a new book about the wives and lives there. Niles is pursued by a flirtatious married woman named Dolores while falling in love with a woman, Rosemary, who rents her house to him. Wapinger is found, Niles' cash is returned to him, and he reveals his true identity on national television. The husbands in Paradise Village all file for divorce, believing their wives are all having affairs with Niles. In divorce court, Niles reveals that he is in love with Rosemary and asks her to marry him. Everyone lives happily ever after.


  • Bob Hope as Adam J. Niles
  • Lana Turner as Rosemary Howard
  • Janis Paige as Dolores Jynson
  • Jim Hutton as Larry Delavane
  • Paula Prentiss as Linda Delavane
  • Don Porter as Thomas W. Jynson
  • Virginia Grey as Camille Quinlaw
  • Agnes Moorehead as Judge Peterson
  • Florence Sundstrom as Mrs. Pickering
  • John McGiver as Austin Palfrey
  • Clinton Sunberg as Rodney Jones
  • Alan Hewitt as Attorney Backett
  • Reta Shaw as Mrs. Brown
  • Vin Scully as Himself
  • Production

    The script was based on an original story for the movies by Vera Caspary - a 70-page document.

    The film was Bob Hope's first with MGM. He was persuaded to star in it by head of production Sol Siegel. The film marked Lana Turner's first romantic comedy in a number of years.

    George Marshall was originally signed to direct.

    Paula Prentiss and Jim Hutton were signed off the back of their success together in Where the Boys Are. MGM put them in three films: this, The Horizontal Lieutenant and The Honeymoon Machine and pushed them as a new William Powell and Myrna Loy.

    Filming took place in May 1961.


    MGM was impressed by the film and signed Jack Arnold to direct for them for five years.

    Proposed Sequel

    Before the film was released they requested Hal Kanter to start writing a sequel, An Armful of Girls with Hope as a married man chased over Europe by titled ladies. This was never made.


    The Los Angeles Times called the film "frequently diverting".

    Box Office

    According to MGM records, the film earned $2.5 million in the US and Canada and $1 million elsewhere but ultimately lost $344,000.

    Ann Margret

    The title song for the film was nominated for an Oscar. It was performed by Ann Margret at the Oscar's ceremony, and reception to this greatly boosted her career.

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