Caprice

Caprice

Frank Tashlin (1967)

93min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The later movies of Doris Day now look like period artefacts: here she plays an agent ("The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Cream") working for an international cosmetics company run by Jack Kruschen, in a confection co-produced by her then-husband Martin Melcher. Witty director Frank Tashlin shows his usual deft hand with a daft plot and is skilled in getting the most out of Leon Shamroy's cinematography, despite Day's seeming insistence that her close-ups were filmed through multilayered gauze. Day's co-star is a quaintly cast Richard Harris, in the same year he made Camelot, whose own insistence on wearing blue eye shadow in this particular context effectively sabotages his right to be taken seriously, and, anyway, comedy isn't exactly his forte. Ray Walston and Michael J Pollard bring some effortless entertainment to the proceedings but, frankly, this is best viewed as a 1960s period piece, not quite as chic and as modish as it thinks it is, but by no means negligible, either.

Summary

A cosmetics company employee goes undercover in a rival firm to try and steal the secret of their latest product - a miracle spray that keeps hair dry even underwater. Her assignment leads to a run-in with a secret agent, who is investigating something far more dangerous. Comedy thriller, starring Doris Day and Richard Harris.

Cast & Crew

Patricia Foster Doris Day
Christopher White Richard Harris
Stuart Clancy Ray Walston
Matthew Cutter Jack Kruschen
Sir Jason Fox Edward Mulhare
Madame Piasco Lilia Skala
Su Ling Irene Tsu
Inspector Kapinsky Larry D Mann
Auber Maurice Marsac
Butler Michael Romanoff
Mandy Lisa Seagram
Barney Michael J Pollard
Director Frank Tashlin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama