Strange Bedfellows (1965)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 10, 1965 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom, United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

One wishes that Strange Bedfellows really was a bit strange, rather than the mediocre, cookie-cutter 1960s sex comedy that it actually is. While enjoyable enough, especially for a viewer who is in a particularly undemanding mood, Bedfellows resolutely lacks any sparkle or fizz. Lay the majority of the blame at the feet (or hands) of the screenwriters, who have fashioned a script that is almost unrelievedly flat. Flat is rarely a good idea, but it's especially damaging to his kind of project, which rises or falls on its ability to attract and engage, no matter how silly the premise or far-fetched the plotting. With leaden dialogue and characters that are not very interesting, it's hard for the cast to do much -- and it's to their credit that they manage to make the proceedings moderately entertaining. Gina Lollabrigida and Rock Hudson are a bit lacking in chemistry this time out, but they have personality and appeal, and that helps a great deal. Lollabrigida even mines some laughs out of gags that have no right to ask her to do their work for them. Hudson is a bit less successful in this area, but he tries. Gig Young does even better with a nothing part, and there's good comic support from the likes of Terry-Thomas and Nancy Kulp. Fans of the stars will enjoy it; others may want to give Bedfellows a pass.