A top-notch comedy, Boys’ Night Out (1962) proffers three corrupt married men who want an out-of-town pad where they can be serviced by a willing girl. Under protest, a bachelor friend played by James Garner finds for the men both the pad and the girl (Kim Novak), who is not what she seems. Instead of a floozy, Novak is a sociology student intending to study the suburban gents. Falling for her and pitching his woo, Garner is confused, for he doesn’t understand the masquerading girl’s personality. Naturally, after the wives of the corrupt men learn of their husbands’ adultery, there is zany pandemonium.
The film was deftly directed by Michael Gordon, who fashioned Pillow Talk. Scripted by Ira Wallach (adapting it from a story), it’s mildly charming and moderately funny, which means it’s funnier than most of the old black-and-white screwball comedies, good as they are. The restrained farcical acting of the cast is proper, although none of it is too restrained. Kim Novak is more feminine than Doris Day but has less personality, and yet she is credible. Tony Randall and Fred Clark make a splash.
Boys’ Night Out tells us that the sex drive, though men obey it, is not all that strong, really. It says this while being decent enough to maintain a respectable attitude toward Novak’s lovely non-sexpot and, more or less, the other women in the film as well.
A sapid romp. –
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