Starring: PN, Joanne Woodward, Maurice Chevalier, Eva Gabor, Thelma Ritter, George Tobias, Marvin Kaplan
Directed by:Melville Shavelson
Summary: In this broad romantic comedy, PLN plays Steve, a ladies man newspaper columnist that is bannished to Paris for fooling around with the publisher's wife. He meets JW on the plane ride over and is immediately turned off by her dowdiness and holier than thou attitude. Though after having an epiphany during a dream, JW remodels herself into a courtesan and suddenly Steve is interested.
Quote: "It must be a new kind of love. They ought to bottle it and label it 'instant stupid'."
Trivia: A quote from Eric Lax's fantastic biography of Newman: "Joanne read it and said, 'Hey, this would be fun to do together. Read it.' I read it and said, 'Joanne, it's just a bunch of one-liners.' And she said, 'you son of a bitch, I've been carting your children around, taking care of them at the expense of my career, taking care of you and your house.' And I said, 'That's what I said. It's a terrific script. I can't think of anything I'd rather do.' This is what is known as a reciprocal trade agreement." Newman, A Biography, by Eric Lax, c. 1996, p. 111.
The Newman Factor: 4. This one was universally panned by critics—a New York Times reviewer said it was best that the Newmans realize that Doris Day and Rock Hudson they were not, and they should probably stay as far away from farce as possible.