All right, everybody, it’s time to get on board The Glass Bottom Boat with Doris Day, Rod Taylor and Arthur Godfrey.
Coming Up Shorts! with… The Dot And The Line (1965)
(available as an extra on The Glass Bottom Boat Blu-ray)
(Length: 10 minutes, 4 seconds)
A straight line is in love with a dot, who only has eyes for a squiggle. Subtitles A Romance In Lower Mathematics, this cartoon is a well-done story, giving life to a simple dot, a straight line, and a squiggle. In some respects, a lesson in trying to improve oneself within your own abilities, and not being lazy about what you can do. Directed by animation legend Chuck Jones and narrated by Robert Morley (who helps breath life into this short by giving it an actual story), this cartoon is a lot of fun, and has been restored for this Blu-ray release!
And Now For The Main Feature…
Doris Day plays the widowed Mrs. Jennifer Nelson, who has just started working in public relations for a company developing technology for space travel. Her boss, Bruce Templeton (Rod Taylor), takes an interest in her after he accidentally snags her mermaid tail swimsuit while he was fishing. He promotes her so that she is working more directly with him while he tries to get his technology ready in short order. Problems arise when the chief of security, Homer Cripps (Paul Lynde) overhears her calling her dog Vladimir on the phone and assumes she is a Russian spy. Bruce doesn’t want to believe it, but when she accidentally overhears a conversation between him and some of his colleagues who do believe she is a spy, she decides to turn the tables on them.
Sound absurd? It should, considering the movie was directed by Frank Tashlin, who had been an animator and director for a number of cartoons, including a few Looney Tunes, so the cartoonish elements of this movie certainly fit right in (including a few futuristic gadgets that seem like they might fit in on The Jetsons). This movie features many stars from the small screen, including Eric Fleming (Rawhide), Dick Martin (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In), Dom DeLuise (in one of his earliest movie roles) and several from Bewitched, including Paul Lynde, George Tobias and Alice Pearce (the latter two of which essentially seemed to be playing the same type of characters as a married couple that they had on Bewitched). But Doris Day herself is the driving force of this movie, managing to pull off both physical comedy and verbal, and making a lot of moments work well that might not have in lesser hands. I’ll admit, some jokes and other concepts haven’t aged well, but at one hour, fifty minutes in length, I still think this movie is worth a few good laughs just the same!
This movie has been available on DVD, first through Warner Home Video and then reissued through Warner Archive Collection, but it is the recent Blu-ray release from Warner Archive Collection that is the best version to see! Their new high definition transfer is gorgeous, allowing the colors to pop as they should! While I admit to having no prior experience with this movie before the Blu-ray, I can definitely say that the Warner Archive Collection’s reputation for stellar transfers made it an easy choice to try this movie out (having Doris Day in it didn’t hurt either), and I wasn’t disappointed!
Film Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes
My Rating: 7/10
List Of Actor/Actress Filmographies/Collections
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