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Don't Just Stand There! is a 1968 American comedy film directed by Ron Winston and written by Charles Williams. It is based on the 1966 novel The Wrong Venus by Charles Williams. The film stars Robert Wagner, Mary Tyler Moore, Glynis Johns, Harvey Korman, Barbara Rhoades and Vincent Beck. The film was released on May 1, 1968, by Universal Pictures.[1][2][3]

Don't Just Stand There!
Don't Just Stand There! poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRon Winston
Produced byStan Margulies
Screenplay byCharles Williams
Based onThe Wrong Venus
by Charles Williams
StarringRobert Wagner
Mary Tyler Moore
Glynis Johns
Harvey Korman
Barbara Rhoades
Vincent Beck
Music byNick Perito
CinematographyMilton Krasner
Edited byRichard Bracken
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 1, 1968 (1968-05-01)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States



A famous author, Sabine Manning, has yet to finish her latest sex-themed novel and is on a European cruise with Merriman Dudley, her manager and lover. Her exasperated publisher Marine Randall, in an exchange of favors, asks adventurer Lawrence Colby to pursue her. Colby discovers that Kendall Flanagan, mistaken for Sabine, has been kidnapped.

Kendall's karate skills help her escape when Colby comes to her rescue. Colby learns that Sabine no longer wants to write about sex, so he urges her to finish the completed novel under a pseudonym. Kendall complicates matters by becoming involved in another gangster's crime, but Colby is ultimately able to get everything settled.



  1. ^ "Don't Just Stand There! (1968) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  2. ^ Dan Pavlides. "Don't Just Stand There! (1968) – Ron Winston". AllMovie. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  3. ^ "Don't Just Stand There!". Retrieved 2015-12-23.

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