By the 1960’s, Cary Grant had found a comfortable groove in his career that made it possible to make enjoyable films that required a minimal amount of effort. Under his own production company, Granart Productions, he made several successful movies, including the romantic comedy, “That Touch Of Mink”.
Cary Grant plays the extremely wealthy and handsome Philip Shayne. While riding to work one morning, his car drives through a puddle, splashing Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day) who is standing on the curb. Her dress is ruined and she is furious that his car didn’t even stop to check on her.
Later that day, Shayne sees Timberlake from his office window and sends his financial advisor, Roger (Gig Young), to apologize for what happened. Roger is a frustrated employee who loathes himself for selling out and taking this job. He is tired of watching Shayne get everything he wants in both his business and romantic life. When Roger talks with Cathy and sees how angry she is about her dress, he convinces her to come up to Shayne’s office and let him have a piece of her mind.
When she gets there, Cathy instantly falls for Shayne’s charm and finds herself spending the rest of the day attached to him. Shayne invites her to go away on a trip around the world with him, but he makes it painfully obvious that he isn’t looking for a wife, just a “companion”. Cathy wants to follow her heart and be with Shayne, but is afraid of being the younger trophy girl.
“That Touch Of Mink” is a lighthearted, extremely predictable, yet highly comical film. It doesn’t pretend to be anything complex and that is why it works so well. Doris Day is the butter and eggs girl of romantic comedies. Every time she shows up you know it will be a hit. She had teamed with director Delbert Mann the year before on “Lover Come Back”, and both films proved to play to her strengths, while being a commercial success. This was certainly the type of film that lets her shine, and she fully took advantage of this Academy Award nominated script.
The fun of “That Touch Of Mink” is in the reoccurring screwball moments. Gig Young delivers a consistent amount of screwball and slapstick, making him the biggest source of laughs throughout the film. Cary Grant is funny, but of the three leading characters, his lacks the witty dialogue. Also, with the character of Philip Shayne only looking for a sexual relationship, it is hard to feel sorry for him. The audience is actually rooting against his character, and that is never a good thing for Cary Grant fans.
Despite any small flaws with the film, it still easily became of one the highest grossing film of the year, and found itself nominated for three Academy Awards. It’s the kind of film that if released in today’s market would be a Valentine’s Day release, prompting couples across the country to enjoy this delightful onscreen pair. Of course when you look at the history of actresses who worked next to Grant, he seemed to make them all look good, and also, the numerous men who worked with Day always came out looking their best as well. It’s too bad they weren’t given the opportunity to work together again.Back to Home for More Reviews