For Love or Money (1963 film)
For Love or Money is a 1963 romantic comedy film distributed by Universal International, produced by Robert Arthur, directed by Michael Gordon, and starring Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor, and Gig Young. It was written by Larry Markes and Michael Morris, and released on August 7, 1963.
|For Love or Money|
|Directed by||Michael Gordon|
|Produced by||Robert Arthur|
|Written by||Larry Markes|
|Music by||Frank De Vol|
|Edited by||Alma Macrorie|
|Box office||$1,750,000 (US/ Canada)|
To date, this remains the last film starring Gaynor before her retirement from acting.
- Kirk Douglas as Donald Kenneth "Deke" Gentry
- Mitzi Gaynor as Kate Brasher
- Thelma Ritter as Chloe Brasher
- Gig Young as "Sonny" John Dayton Smith
- Julie Newmar as Bonnie Brasher
- William Bendix as Joe Fogel
- Leslie Parrish as Jan Brasher
- Dick Sargent as Harvey Wofford
- Elizabeth MacRae as Marsha
- William Windom as Sam Travis
- Billy Halop as Elevator Operator
This film is noteworthy for a few reasons. After appearing in a variety of films such as westerns and historical epics, Kirk Douglas was starring in a romantic comedy film, a genre that many people were not used to seeing him in.
Also, Mitzi Gaynor had not appeared in any other film after For Love or Money. She stated that she was "too ordinary for films" and that she would be better off entertaining audiences through different ventures.
Douglas' car in this movie is a red 1962 Chrysler 300 Sport Convertible.
Many people noted that this film was similar to romantic comedies made famous by the classic comedy team of Rock Hudson and Doris Day. Supporting actors like Thelma Ritter and Gig Young, who, starred with Hudson and Day in other films, make an appearance here. Some were fairly critical of Douglas' performance in a romantic comedy film while others were pleasantly surprised by the actor's versatility.
Home media availabilityEdit
Universal released this film in 2013 as a stand-alone DVD from the print-on-demand Universal Vault Series. In 2016, it was re-released as part of the Kirk Douglas Centennial Collection, a five-disc set featuring seven other films (Spartacus, Man Without a Star, The Last Sunset, Lonely Are the Brave, The List of Adrian Messenger, The War Wagon, and A Lovely Way to Die). Prior to these official releases by Universal, it was common to find this film in a DVD-r format.
- "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964 p 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
- Eileen Prose (8 June 2017). "Mitzi Gaynor: "I quit film because I was ordinary in them."" – via YouTube.
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- "Kirk Douglas Attempts Comedy in 'For Love or Money'". 8 August 1963 – via NYTimes.com.
- "For Love or Money (1963)" – via letterboxd.com.