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Genre  Comedy
Music director  George Duning
Language  English
5.7/10 IMDb

Director  Don Weis
Initial release  1963
Screenplay  Jack Sher
Country  United States
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Writer  Ira Levin (play), Jack Sher
Cast  Bob Hope (Parker Ballantine), Lucille Ball (Angela Ballantine), Marilyn Maxwell (Ivy London), Rip Torn (Dion Kapakos), Jessie Royce Landis (Charlotte Orr aka Charlie), John Dehner (S.P. Champlain)
Similar movies  Good Will Hunting, The Five-Year Engagement, Arsenic and Old Lace, Drag Me to Hell, Solaris, Batman Forever
Tagline  Everybody's 'choice' for a great big wonderful time!

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Critic's Choice is a 1963 film comedy directed by Don Weis. Based on the 1960 Broadway play of the same name by Ira Levin, the movie starred Bob Hope and Lucille Ball and included Rip Torn, Marilyn Maxwell, Jim Backus, Marie Windsor and Jerome Cowan in the cast.


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This was the last of four films that Hope and Ball made together.

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Plot summary

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Parker Ballantine (Bob Hope) is a theatrical critic, busily praising or disparaging the shows of Broadway. His wife Angela (Lucille Ball) is feeling useless and restless, so she writes a play about her mother and sisters.

Angela doesn't believe Parker should review her work, since he will look prejudiced if he does so favorably and it will hurt her feelings if he knocks it. Parker has read it and isn't impressed. A major producer, however, decides to back it.

Handsome Dion Kapakos (Rip Torn) directs the play and tries to strike up a romantic interest in the playwright. Angela continues to resist, but she's getting more fed up with Parker's negativity by the hour.

Before the play's first out-of-town tryout in Boston, the conflicted Parker goes to see his ex-wife, Ivy (Marilyn Maxwell), and gets a little tipsy. He decides to go to the opening, then writes a negative review. The trouble gets worse when he gets home.


  • Bob Hope as Parker Ballantine
  • Lucille Ball as Angela Ballantine
  • Marilyn Maxwell as Ivy London
  • Rip Torn as Dion Kapakos
  • Jessie Royce Landis as Charlotte Orr aka Charlie
  • John Dehner as S.P. Champlain
  • Jim Backus as Dr. William Von Hagedorn
  • Ricky Kelman as John Ballantine
  • Dorothy Green as Mrs. Margaret Champlain
  • Marie Windsor as Sally Orr
  • Joseph Gallison as Philip 'Phil' Yardley (as Evan McCord)
  • Joan Shawlee as Marge Orr
  • Richard Deacon as Harvey Rittenhouse
  • Jerome Cowan as Joe Rosenfield
  • Donald Losby as Godfrey Von Hagedorn
  • Soupy Sales as Boston Desk Clerk
  • References

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