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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Synopsis:
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).

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Review:
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.

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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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