Phffft (1954)

Sixty-seven years ago today, the film Phffft premiered in New York City. It is the second time that Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon teamed up for a movie. Add in Jack Carson and Kim Novak and there is no doubt that it will be brilliant. You have to see this movie.

Title: Phffft
Directed by: Mark Robson
Produced by: Fred Kohlmar
Written by: George Axelrod
Based on: Phfft: Chronicle of a Happy Divorce a play by George Axelrod
Starring: Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson, Kim Novak
Music by: Friedrich Hollaender
Cinematography: Charles Lang
Edited by: Charles Nelson
Color process: Black and white
Production Company: Columbia Pictures
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release date: November 10, 1954 (New York City), December 3, 1954 (United States)
Running time: 88 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Box office: $1,550,000 (US)

Nina and Robert Tracey (Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon), married for eight years, suffer marital problems and divorce. Robert shares the home of his womanizing Navy buddy Charlie Nelson (Jack Carson) while Nina looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Robert spends an evening with Janis (Kim Novak), 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. 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; they had both learned to dance since their divorce. Later, after a disastrous meeting at her home with Charlie, Nina tells her mother on the phone that she is still in love with Robert. He accidentally overhears the conversation, having dashed to her home because of his friend’s reputation. Nina and Robert reconcile and remarry.

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