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Lover Come Back

Lover Come Back is a 1961 romantic comedy released by Universal Pictures. The film stars Doris Day and Rock Hudson in their second film together. The supporting cast includes Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Ann B. Davis, and Donna Douglas.

This movie directed by Delbert Mann features one of the most prolific comic trios in the American cinema: Day/Hudson/Randall. Although not as well known as Pillow Talk (1959), this romantic-comedy pairing of stars Rock Hudson and Doris Day earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.


The story concerns life in a New York advertising agency. Hudson stars as Jerry Webster, a Madison Avenue ad executive who has achieved success not through hard work or intelligence but by wining and dining his clients, even setting them up on dates with attractive girls. Jerry's equal at a rival agency is Carol Templeton (Day). Although she has never met him, Carol is disgusted by Jerry's unethical antics and reports him to the Ad Council. Jerry avoids trouble with his usual aplomb, sending a comely chorus girl, Rebel Davis (Edie Adams), to seduce the council members.

Jerry then promises Rebel a spot in commercials, so he shoots commercials featuring her for VIP, a non-existent product. The commercials accidentally are broadcast on TV, thanks to perplexed company president Pete Ramsey (Tony Randall). Jerry needs to come up with a product quickly. He bribes the chemist Linus Tyler (Jack Kruschen) come up with VIP, while pretending to Carol to be the inventor himself.

VIP turns out to be an intoxicating candy. Its extreme effects lead to a one-night stand between Carol, who has a low tolerance for alcohol, and her bitter rival Jerry, complete with marriage license. Carol has the marriage annulled but Jerry convinces the Liquor Industry to give Carol a quarter of its advertising. Jerry leaves town to work in California, only to be called back nine months later to remarry Carol just before she gives birth to their child.


  • Doctor Linus Tyler: Just what the world needs, a good 10-cent drunk!
  • Carol Templeton: You kissed me and I was thrilled!
  • Jerry Webster: A kiss? What does that prove? It's like finding out you can light a stove. It doesn't make you a cook.


Doris Day sings two songs in the film: "Lover Come Back" during the opening credits, and "Should I Surrender" as she contemplates what to do with her feelings for Jerry.

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