Oh, Men! Oh, Women!

  • 1957
  • 1 HR 30 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

Based on Ed Chodorov's successful play, this hit-and-miss psychiatric spoof had more hits than misses and tickled many funnybones. It was Randall's film debut, after having played on Broadway in "Inherit the Wind" and having done a good run on TV as pal to "Mr. Peepers." Niven is a sedate psychiatrist who keeps his medical practice and his domestic life...read more

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Based on Ed Chodorov's successful play, this hit-and-miss psychiatric spoof had more hits than misses and tickled many funnybones. It was Randall's film debut, after having played on Broadway in "Inherit the Wind" and having done a good run on TV as pal to "Mr. Peepers." Niven is a sedate

psychiatrist who keeps his medical practice and his domestic life apart, then is shocked to see that they are coming together. Rogers is the bored wife of film star Dailey. She complains that often-drunk husband Dailey is paying too much attention to Rush. This stuns Niven because Rush is his

intended; the two of them are about to take an ocean voyage and be married by the captain aboard the liner. Enter Randall, another patient. Randall is having a fling with a nutty girl who he reveals is also Rush. Niven is beside himself and considering going back for more analysis. He manages to

hold his heart and temper somewhat in check, gets Rogers and Dailey back together after a struggle, and plans to go on his cruise. On the ocean liner Niven waits for Rush, and when she doesn't arrive he tells the steward to put his luggage ashore. Just as he's about to get off the boat, Rush

arrives to say goodbye to him. Seeing Niven changes Rush's feelings about him, and now she wants to stay. It's all a lot of frou-frou, and everyone winds up with the person they are supposed to wind up with in the end. Niven is suave, Rogers (she seems to like playing women who consult

psychiatrists, as she did in LADY IN THE DARK among others) is energetic, but the best comedy comes from Randall and Rush, both of whom fairly explode off the screen with their eccentric characters. Chodorov had been one of the writers blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee and

was not allowed to have his name on screen. As a symbol of solidarity, Johnson asked that his writing credit be erased as well. With such an admirable cast, one wishes this film could have been better. As it is, OH, MEN! OH, WOMEN! is a mild copy of a Moliere farce.

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