GenreComedy, Romance Duration CountryUnited States
WriterGeorge Axelrod (story) Release dateNovember 10, 1954 (1954-11-10) Based onPhfft: Chronicle of a Happy Divorce
by George Axelrod Music directorFriedrich Hollaender, Heinz Eric Roemheld CastJudy Holliday (Nina Tracey nee Chapman), Jack Lemmon (Robert Tracey), Jack Carson (Charlie Nelson), Kim Novak (Janis), Luella Gear (Mrs. Edith Chapman), Donald Randolph (Dr. Van Kessel) Similar moviesInterstellar, Sorry for the Disturbance, ?? ???????, Dear Grandfather, Ryia and Skina, The Time Traveler's Wife
TaglineIt's a ph-f-f-frolic about man and mate from moonlight to mayhem!
Phffft 1954 i always cry at divorces
Phffft is a 1954 black-and-white romantic comedy film starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, and Jack Carson, and features Kim Novak in a small but significant role. The picture was written by George Axelrod and directed by Mark Robson, and was the second film starring Holliday and Lemmon that year, after It Should Happen to You.
Nina and Robert Tracey (Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon), married for eight years, suffer marital problems and divorce. Robert takes up with his womanizing Navy buddy Charlie Nelson (Jack Carson) while Nina looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Robert spends the night with Janis (Kim Novak), a Marilyn Monroe-type character who finds the dashing Robert "real cute" but he feels uncomfortable with Janis and other girls he dates. Nina also tries to date other men but fails as she is still in love with Robert. Although they try to ignore each other when they accidentally meet, it is obvious that the past is not dead. Then one night, they find themselves in a nightclub, dancing the mambo together.
Judy Holliday as Nina Tracey (née Chapman)
Jack Lemmon as Robert Tracey
Jack Carson as Charlie Nelson
Kim Novak as Janis
Luella Gear as Mrs. Edith Chapman
Donald Randolph as Dr. Van Kessel
Donald Curtis as Rick Vidal
Arny Freeman as Nina's language teacher
Eddie Searles as Tommy
Merry Anders as Marsha
Mylee Andreason as Robert's dance teacher
Sally Mansfield as Miss Comstock
Joyce Jameson as Secretary
Bess Flowers as Nightclub Dance Extra
Jimmie Dodd as Cab Driver
Shirlee Allard as Secretary
Wendy Howard as Artist's Model
Charlotte Lawrence as Radio actress as Cynthia
During filming, Jack Lemmon left the set as his first wife, actress/model Cynthia Stone gave birth to their son, Chris Lemmon.
This was the second film in which Jack Lemmon appeared with Judy Holliday. In that same year, Lemmon's debut film It Should Happen to You starred Holliday. This was also Lemmon's third film of his career.
The title "Phffft" comes from Walter Winchell's column which was widely syndicated during the 1950s. When a celebrity couple's marriage broke up, Winchell would describe the break-up as "phffft".
Columbia Pictures approached George Axelrod to produce a film version of his popular play, The Seven Year Itch but the film rights were tied up as long as it was running on Broadway. He instead offered them "Phffft!" - an earlier play of his dealing with a similar subject.
Awards and honors
Judy Holliday was nominated for "Best Foreign Actress" at the BAFTA Awards in 1955.
The film was also nominated for "Best Written American Comedy" at the Writer's Guild of America.