Bachelor Flat (1962)

“Here, in this bachelor flat on Pacific, Professor can relax and get away from all those amorous college girls…”

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A British archaeology professor (Terry-Thomas) fights off amorous females while dealing with the sudden presence of a seventeen-year-old “juvenile delinquent” (Tuesday Weld) who is actually the daughter of his fiancee (Celeste Holm).


Although it’s beloved by fans and has received reasonably positive reviews from critics (the All Movie Guide notes that it was “written and directed… with [director Frank Tashlin’s] usual grace and elegance”), it’s truly difficult to understand the appeal of this dated and tiresome ’60s comedy, starring gap-toothed British comedian Terry-Thomas, heartthrob Richard Beymer (a year after his leading role in West Side Story), and 18-year-old Tuesday Weld. Tashlin does indeed keep the film moving quickly, and shows evidence of his skill at directing broad slapstick, but the storyline itself falls completely flat: Terry-Thomas’s “irresistible” appeal to women of all ages never once rings true (not even as a gag), and Weld’s rash decision to pawn herself off as a juvenile delinquent (rather than revealing that Terry-Thomas’s absentee fiancee is her mother) feels equally forced. If you enjoy this type of mindless, colorful piffle, certainly feel free to seek it out; otherwise, film fanatics should feel no obligation at all to watch it.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Francesca Bellini as Gladys Schmidlapp — just one of Terry-Thomas’s seemingly countless pursuers
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Must See?
No; definitely feel free to skip this one.


One Response to “Bachelor Flat (1962)”

  1. Extremely PAINFUL viewing the first time around. Wouldn’t dream of a re-watch to confirm that. Wouldn’t go near this one again for love or money. Well, maybe money.

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