That Touch Of Mink (1962)

by Paul on January 10, 2013

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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 That Touch Of Mink (1962)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 That Touch Of Mink (1962)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 (1962)

“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.

That Touch Of Mink (1962)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,That Touch Of Mink (1962) 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.

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Sofia January 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM

I agree, it’s a nice film, but it’s nothing new. As for Cary Grant, I actually like to see him in unflattering roles, but I suppose audiences those days weren’t so willing to give up on the perfect gentleman prototype.


Paul January 10, 2013 at 7:27 AM

He spent so many years as the “perfect” man, I don’t know if he could have survived trying to make people hate him. Well, maybe he would survive, but it would have been hard to swallow.


Sofia January 10, 2013 at 8:01 AM

I think he almost managed that in some of his Hitchcock collaborations… but even though his characters weren’t perfect in any of them, they always redeemed themselves in the end. He came really close with Suspicion, until that whole “you must change the ending” issue – still, his character was despicable in that film.


Paul January 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

that’s an interesting point. Perhaps if “Suspicion” had ended properly, he could be viewed differently. His character was pretty uninviting and everyones always feels sorry for Fontaine because Grant made a us dislike him so much.


R.A. Kerr January 13, 2013 at 10:42 AM

I love Gig Young in this movie. In my opinion, he is the best thing about it, besides Doris Day’s wardrobe.

Frankly, I think Day is too old for this role and, as a result, I have a hard time buying into this movie. However, the sets and the aforementioned wardrobe are gorgeous.


Paul January 13, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Gig Young was the difference between this movie being tolerable, and it being enjoyable. His humor fit perfectly into the chemistry of Grant and Day.
I hadn’t really thought about Day being to old for the role, mostly because Grant is still so much older, but I think you may be right. Obviously in Grant’s next film, “Charade” (1963), the age difference between Grant and Audrey Hepburn doesn’t seem weird at all.


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