Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall Making the Same Movie Twice

In 1959, a man and woman hated each other. Although they have never met, or even face to face, they are sworn enemies. That is, until he sees her, realizes she is beautiful, and devises a plan to win over his beautiful rival, all while she remains ignorant of his true identity. Knowing that if she knew his real identity, he would never have the chance to pursue her, he proceeded to do what seemed to him the most logical course of action: He would impersonate a character in order to date this stunning woman. He didn’t know how long this would last, but to this notorious womanizer, she was worth all the work he’d put in to keep the hint going. In 1961, a man and woman hated each other. Although they have never met, or even face to face, they are sworn enemies. That is until he sees her, realizes she is beautiful, and devises a plan to win over his beautiful rival, all the while ignoring his true identity. Knowing that if she knew his real identity, he would never have the chance to pursue her, he proceeded to do what seemed to him the most logical course of action: He would impersonate a character in order to date this stunning woman. He didn’t know how long this would last, but to this notorious womanizer, she was worth all the work he’d put in to keep the hint going.


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Sound familiar?That’s because, in 1959 and 1961, Universal Pictures released films starring rock hudson, doris dayand Tony Randall with the exact same plot: Pillow gossip (1959) and lover returns (1961). In both films, Hudson is a glib womanizer, Day is an uptight, hard-working professional, and Randall is a wealthy scion dependent on a psychiatrist. Both films are set in New York City. While each film has different superficial details, the plot remains the same: Hudson’s character wants to wear the character, but he can’t let her discover who he really is.


What is “pillow talk”?

Rock Hudson and Doris Day at a table in Pillow Talk (1959)
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exist Pillow gossip, Hudson’s Brad Allen and Day’s Jan Morrow share party lines. Before private phone lines, people had to share a phone line, which meant you could eavesdrop on each other’s conversations, and you wouldn’t be able to make or receive calls if your party line mate was already using the line. Jane was a successful interior designer who loved being a working woman at a time when the concept of a working woman was relatively new.Her party partner, Brad, is a dude songwriter who often keeps the phone busy calling different lovers, singing each of them a song he wrote just for them. Because of his constant calls, Jane was unable to make or receive work calls when needed. This caused the relationship between the two to become turbulent.

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But the two share a common bond: Jonathan Forbes (Tony Randall). For Jane, Jonathan is a client who makes no secret of his crush on her, tries to get her a car, and proposes to her despite her insistence that she doesn’t love him. To Brad, Jonathan was a longtime friend who had seen three failed marriages. When Jonathan tells Brad he has a crush on his beautiful interior designer, Jane, it gets his attention. The only thing Brad and Jane know about each other is their names. Jonathan continues to tell Brad about Jane’s problems with her partisan line mates, not realizing that Brad is the one she’s been having problems with. Brad now knows Jane is beautiful and tries to convince Jane to date him, but Jane sees it and rejects it immediately. Later, Brad was at a bar with another woman when he overheard Jane’s name on a nearby booth. When Jane attends a party for a wealthy client, she is driven home by her client’s son, who has no intention of getting back to her apartment safely. After trying to force her, he softens if Jane agrees to drink with him.

When Brad heard Jane’s full name, he knew it was her. After his date leaves, he hatches a plan to woo Jane. He knows that if she knows who he is, he has no chance with her, so horny musician Brad Allen becomes rich Texas rancher Rex Stetson. After Brad pretends to be “Rex” and brings Jane home, he knows he wants to keep pursuing her, no matter how dishonest the situation is. Jane is captivated by what she considers an unassuming, handsome Texan. They spend more and more time together. Eventually, Jonathan becomes jealous when Jane ends her date in order to spend more time with Rex. Feigning support for Jane’s new relationship, Jonathan hires a private eye to find out who the mysterious man is that has Jane swooning over him.

When Jonathan found out that Rex was actually Brad, he asked Brad to leave the city and disown Jane. Brad leaves the city, all right. But he took Jan Morrow with him, claiming he made a surprise trip to Connecticut to consider buying a house there. But secrets, especially Brad’s, can only be kept for so long. One small mistake, and Brad’s house of cards collapsed. Although Jane rightly hates him after discovering his duplicity, Brad is determined to get her back. In trying to right his betrayal, he learns his lesson. Eventually, the two end up together, but not before Jane gets her revenge.

What are the Similarities Between Lovers Return?

Doris Day leans over Rock Hudson, lying face down on the bed, in
Image via Universal Pictures

exist lover returns, there was once again a fierce battle between the characters of Hudson and Day. Hudson is a debauched advertising executive, Jerry Webster. Day was Carol Templeton, also an advertising executive at a rival agency. While Jerry acts like Don Draper (Jon Hamm) of mad Men, Carol is serious and hardworking. Although Jerry puts more effort into the sales pitch, Carol loses a prospect due to Jerry’s debauched ways of winning them over, and Carol reports Jerry’s lewd tactics to the Advertising Council. Carol managed to contact Rebel Davis (Edie Adams), a showgirl who attends a wild party thrown by Jerry to demonstrate how he uses alcohol and women to convince someone to sign with his agency. Rebel, furious that Jerry didn’t follow through on his promise to have her in the ad, initially agreed to speak to the advertising committee about Jerry’s inappropriate behavior.

When Jerry learns that the traitor intends to testify against him, he tells her that he wants her to be a “VIP Girl,” a new product Jerry’s agency is working towards. The rebels agreed not to say anything disparaging about him to parliament. She shoots the VIP commercial, then attends a hearing before the Advertising Council to dispute Carroll’s claims about Jerry’s unprofessional methods. But there’s just one problem: VIP doesn’t exist. To appease the rebels, Jerry made it up on the spot.

Carroll was furious at the hearing. She realizes that Jerry is making excuses for not attending the hearing and coaching the rebels on how to respond. After the hearing, Carol approached Rebel, who admitted that Jerry offered to be a VIP girl, but Rebel didn’t realize that VIP was a farce, and told Carol that Jerry’s agency hadn’t succeeded in signing the deal yet. account. Carol decides to apply for a VIP account. Contrary to Jerry’s intentions, a VIP commercial airs, and he and his boss, Pete Ramsay (Tony Randall), must find a way to circumvent their predicament.

Jerry decides to hire an eccentric chemist named Linus Taylor (jack krushin). Carol hires a private eye and learns that Linus is the chemist behind VIP. She went to Linus’ lab, but instead of seeing Linus, she saw Jerry, though, since they had never met each other, she didn’t realize it was him. But when she introduces herself, Jerry is immediately attracted to her and pretends to be Linus. As Linus, Jerry spends time with Carol, dancing, swimming at the beach, and dining. The mutual attraction is obvious.However, as Pillow gossip, a secret can only be a secret for so long. When Carroll discovers that the Nobel Prize-winning scientist she thought was actually her enemy, she retaliates and calls for another hearing by the Advertising Committee. Jerry was able to make a VIP product, but it wasn’t without its side effects…like any rom-com, they end up together, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any craziness before the “I do.”

The trio teamed up again to sing “Don’t Send Me Flowers”

Doris Day stands with her back to Rock Hudson in
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although Pillow gossip and lover returns Essentially the same movie, the trio reunited for the 1964 flick don’t send me flowers, which is a completely different change of pace.exist don’t send me flowersHudson and Day were no longer enemies but George and Judy Kimball, a married couple living in the suburbs. Randall was a neighbor and friend of the Kimballs, Arnold Nash. George is a hypochondriac who wrongly believes he is dying. This creates a whirlwind for the Kimball family, leading Judy to think George is having an affair and want a divorce.But like the other two films, the ending don’t send me flowers Satisfied.

What makes the film even more compelling is that the three are friends in real life.Hudson and Day met while filming Pillow talk. After seeing him, she asks if his name is really Locke. He nicknamed her Eunice. They remained friends for the rest of his life. The last time they met, Hudson was dying of AIDS.

Both Hudson and Day must reflect their public perception Pillow gossip and lover returns. Hudson is a closeted gay and All-American stud. He is the dream of millions of women and gay men around the world. His roles as Brad and Jerry made him the glamorous woman the world wanted them to be.But ironically, in both films, Hudson’s character’s sexuality was questioned — because Pillow gossipwhen he was at a bar with Jane, pretending to be Rex, and he put up his pinky and mentioned his mother and his love of color and recipes; for lover returnsafter Carol’s revenge, Jerry only wore a fur coat.

Dai is considered “Ms.”virginity,” she denies and hates the image. Her roles as Jane and Carol show her virginity and sex appeal. Day has sex appeal, but she can’t make it public. Although Jane and Carol are attractive Women, who don’t shy away from sexuality in her films, are all seen as extensions of Day’s well-meaning persona, though like Day herself, they’re more than people have. Preliminary perception. Jane and Carol It’s not as anti-sex as many people think, they’re against weird bedfellows; fit in. Ironically, both films were considered risqué at the time, so much so that Pillow gossip Little was produced because the studio worried it would be too lewd.

If Brad pretends to be Rex, Jerry pretends to be Linus, and Hudson pretends to be straight to fit society’s idea of ​​a perfect man, if there’s anything Hudson can learn from him, it’s a There is always something more behind the persona.

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