The Tender Trap

The Tender Trap

Director: Charles Walters Cast: Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne


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Max Shulman and Robert Paul Smith's Broadway hit The Tender Trap is transformed into a beguiling Frank Sinatra film vehicle. Sinatra plays a Manhattan showbiz agent, Charlie Y. Reader, who enjoys the attentions of several willing young ladies. At an audition, Charlie meets aspiring actress Julie Gillis (Debbie Reynolds), who is so determined to land a husband that she's already set the date. She goes out with Charlie for a short while, then announces that she won't marry him until he gives up all his other girls. Charlie, who hasn't said word one about marriage and who'd been preparing to give Julie the brush-off, is startled by her ultimatum -- so much so that he genuinely falls in love with her, which (we can safely assume) was her intention all along. A complication involving Charlie's former amour Sylvia Crewes (Celeste Holm) and his best friend Joe McCall (David Wayne) paves the way for the film's slightly offbeat denouement. In addition to scoring at the box office, The Tender Trap yielded a hit song (written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen), which would remain a part of Frank Sinatra's repertoire for the rest of his life.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2019
UPC: 0883929689750
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 18,366

Special Features

Featurette Frank in the Fifties; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Charlie Y. Reader
Debbie Reynolds Miss Julie Gillis
David Wayne Joe McCall
Celeste Holm Sylvia Crewes
Lola Albright Poppy Matson
Jarma Lewis Jessica Collins
Carolyn Jones Helen
Howard St. John Sam Sayers
Joey Faye Sol Z. Steiner
Tom Helmore Mr. Loughran
Willard Sage Director
Marc Wilder Ballet Actor
Jack Boyle Audition Dancer
James Drury Eddie
Madge Blake Society Reporter
Lennie Bremen Actor
Gordon Richards Doorman
Benny Rubin Mr. Wilson
Reginald Simpson Stage Manager
Frank Sully Actor
Wilson Wood Elevator Boy
Dave White Cab Driver
Jeff Alexander Conductor

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
John D. Dunning Editor
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
James VanHeusen Score Composer,Songwriter
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tender Trap
1. Title Song Credits.
2. Enter Joe, Exit Poppy.
3. Tidy Jessica.
4. Each Other's Setup.
5. Special Sylvia.
6. Whoever Had It So Good?
7. Just By Looking.
8. Kid's Got Something.
9. No Susbtitute For Marriage.
10. Wedlock Deadline.
11. Trap With A Trigger.
12. Hot Seat.
13. (Love Is) The Tender Trap.
14. How To Please A Lady.
15. Ideas Of Necking.
16. God's Gift To Women.
17. Unavailable Dates.
18. Comeuppance.
19. Career Girl.
20. Suddenly Engaged.
21. I Love You. Go Home.
22. Party Leftovers.
23. When Fiancées Meet.
24. Married Man's Dream.
25. Unhappiest Heel.
26. Before Or After?
27. Back to Indiana.
28. Catching The Bouquet.
29. Title Song Finale; Cast List.

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