Synopsis by Michael Betzold
A screwball comedy that turns into political farce, this film was something of a throwback even in 1960. Real-life husband and wife Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh star as David and Ann Wilson. David is a university professor who is kissing one of his students when Ann walks in on them. She demands a divorce. David turns to his old friend, a television writer, Michael Haney (Dean Martin), who cooks up a cover story. They convince Ann that David is working undercover for the FBI, and that the kiss was part of a sting. The gullible Ann believes the story. Later, when she sees David and Michael in a restaurant with two women, she suspects that the women are spies, and passes David his empty gun. This touches off a disturbance that is filmed by TV news crews. Some real Russian spies think that David really is an FBI agent, and the spies grab the Wilsons and Haney, take them to a secret chamber beneath the Empire State Building, and give them truth serum. From there, the film continues to twist and turn in wildly wacky ways.
agent [representative], apartment, boating, capture, college, con/scam, deception, dishonesty, escape, espionage, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), flood, forgiveness, friendship, husband, instructor, jealousy, kiss, marriage, pretense, professor, restaurant, riot [uprising], romance, Russia, secrets, seduction, serum, student, submarine, television, truth, undercover, university, water, weapons, wife, writing, help, lady, play [recreation]