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Caprice (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 12 May 1967 (Finland)
An industrial designer causes chaos when she sells a secret cosmetics formula to a rival company.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

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John Kohn (screenplay) (as Jay Jayson), Frank Tashlin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

There is an on-going battle of industrial espionage between rival cosmetics companies, Femina, owned by Sir Jason Fox, and May Fortune, owned by Matthew Cutter. Caught in the middle between the two are among others top industrial designer Patricia Foster, who officially is on May Fortune's payroll after being fired by Femina, and Christopher White, a suave Brit who also is officially on May Fortune's payroll as Cutter's right hand man. On the surface, Patricia is still working for Femina trying to steal the new top secret formula for a water repellent hairspray developed by Dr. Stuart Clancy for May Fortune, that hairspray which would make all other hairsprays obsolete, while Christopher secretly tries to stop her. Below the surface, it is not clear whether either Patricia or Christopher truly are working for May Fortune, Femina or someone else. But as they progress through these on the surface missions, their true missions are eventually revealed as are their true allegiances, which ... Written by Huggo

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Doris Day Richard Harris play the game of excitement in the cliff-hanger of the year ! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1967 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Capricho See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,595,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of four 20th Century Fox pictures featuring female spies that were released during 1966-1967. The movies were Fathom (1967), Caprice (1967), Come Spy with Me (1967), and Modesty Blaise (1966). See more »

Goofs

As Christopher and Patricia are touring the TV commercial studio, the director calls one of the actresses Mandy (as does Patricia later on), but in a later scene in Christopher's house, he calls her Miranda. See more »

Quotes

Christopher White: How is she?
Doctor: With a good night's sleep she'll be back to normal.
Christopher White: She will never be normal.
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Crazy Credits

Each screen of the opening credits is presented uniquely. The names of the leads appear in speech/thought bubbles of an extra. One page appears gradually as a walkie-talkie's antenna extends. Others fade in, slide in, are pulled from behind walls, appear with different clipart, etc. See more »

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Features Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Caprice
by Larry Marks
Performed by Doris Day (uncredited)
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Great clothes, problematic plotting, God-awful eye makeup!
21 October 2002 | by BrianJ101See all my reviews

For me, this movie had two strengths: 1) Doris's FABULOUS late '60s wardrobe (I would die to have a few of her coats hanging in my closet) and 2) a surprisingly sexy and appealing performance from Richard Harris as the male lead. Having experienced Hawaii and about fifteen minutes of Camelot (at which point I puked and felt it unadvisable to risk my health by watching any more), I have always thought of him as irritating and gross. For some reason, I ate him up in this role, though. The movie thankfully finds a number of opportunities for him to lose his shirt, which is a blessing.

The plot, however, is a mess. Not only does it become impossible to follow who the characters are working for and what they are trying to do, it even becomes difficult to discern what city we are in at any given time (the action veers back and forth between Paris and L.A., with some scenes in Switzerland thrown in and certain sequences on a plane flying God knows where). It mainly held my interest until the stupid ending, which is like a kick in the face to anyone who has devoted an hour-and-a-half of their life to this movie. Halfway through it becomes a whodunit, except with no suspects, and the "resolution" is even less satisfying than you fear it's going to be.

I would also like to have a few serious words with Doris's hair and makeup designers... She looks like a 45-year-old who thinks she's still 20, and it's not a pretty sight. Her wigs are way too light, and her dark eye makeup and layers of false eyelashes border on the grotesque. It's almost astonishing to see her in the shower scene because she looks so natural and charming, and it's quite a contrast to the borderline-Mae-West-in-Myra-Breckinridge look she is going for during the rest of the picture.

I don't know whose idea it was to have Doris go see the movie Caprice starring Doris Day and Richard Harris, and then to have her voice singing the film's title song when she gets in the movie theatre. But it wasn't funny, it was just disconcerting and bizarre. For a minute when they first showed the marquee I thought it was going to turn all meta and reveal that everything up to then had just been scenes from the movie and we would now commence with a story of the "real" Doris Day and Richard Harris. But no such luck. The scene in the movie theatre did at least provide the film with its best performance, by Michael J. Pollard.

Final note... I now have the first two notes of the title song stuck in my head. I can't remember any other parts of it, but I am sure Doris will be singing "Ca-price" in her coy annoying way inside my brain for many days to come.


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