Ask Any Girl (1959)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Workplace Comedy  |   Release Date - May 21, 1959 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Ask Any Girl is very much in the mold of other sex comedies of the period, especially those involving Doris Day. There are some differences, of course. In Girl, the boy who gets the girl is not Rock Hudson but David Niven, an altogether different type. And the authors ring a few other changes, such as the Day-inspired Meg Wheeler relentlessly pursuing a man, rather than the other way around. It's also a nice change (for this genre, though perfectly in keeping with the dictates of more traditional romantic comedies) that Wheeler doesn't know that the man she wants is NOT the man she is chasing. Otherwise, there's not a lot to the script that hasn't been seen before; still, the dialogue is light and breezy, if hardly memorable, and the situations do produce the desired chuckles, even if out-and-out guffaws are in short supply. Girl boasts an impressive cast, although Shirley MacLaine is not shown to her best advantage. Sporting an unflattering dishwater blond hairdo (which later gives way to an odd pinkish-orange bob), she's being asked to play Doris Day and it's not a totally comfortable match. MacLaine's own personality keeps breaking out, adding spice to the proceedings, but also working at odds with the character. Niven and Gig Young are much more fittingly cast, and Claire Kelly and Elisabeth Fraser are memorable in supporting roles. Girl is dated but enjoyable, if one isn't bothered by the single-minded determination of the female characters to catch a husband.