Lover Come Back (Screening and introduction from John Mercer and Tamar Jeffers McDonald)
Dir. Delbert Mann / USA 1961 / 107 min
I like Rock Hudson. I like Doris Day. But which is better? There’s only one way to find out…
Rock and Doris dominated the box office and defined an era with a trio of sweet-but-tart sex comedies, pitting footloose bachelor against diligent career-girl. Here we present the second and funniest of their three films, a Madison Avenue satire offering reams of material for Mad Men researchers and featuring a delirious publicity campaign for a product that doesn’t even exist – the mysterious ‘Vip’. Our stars are at their peak, and it’s very difficult to choose between them. Happily, we have some assistance tonight: in the career-girl corner, Doris Day specialist Tamar Jeffers McDonald (University of Kent); in the bachelor corner, Rock Hudson aficionado John Mercer (Birmingham City University). The casting vote is yours.