Promise Her Anything
|Promise Her Anything|
|Directed by||Arthur Hiller|
|Produced by||Stanley Rubin|
|Screenplay by||William Peter Blatty|
|Based on||Arne Sultan (story)|
Marvin Worth (story)
|Music by||Lyn Murray|
|Cinematography||Douglas Slocombe B.S.C.|
|Edited by||John Shirley|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|November 1965 (UK)|
22 February 1966 (US)
Recently widowed Michele O'Brien moves into a Greenwich Village brownstone with her infant son John Thomas. Her neighbor, Harley Rummel, a bohemian who earns a living by making nudie films in his apartment, becomes interested in her, but Michele believes her boss, wealthy psychologist Philip Brock, is a better prospect as a new mate.
Although he is an authority on children, Philip actually despises them, so Michele decides to keep John Thomas a secret for the time being. Unbeknownst to her, Harley is using the baby in his movies. When John Thomas is admitted to Philip's clinic for observation, Harley sneaks into his room to complete a film, but his surreptitious activities are captured by a hidden camera recording the baby's behavior. Michelle is furious but, when he saves John Thomas from a potentially dangerous situation, she forgives Harley and decides he may be the better choice for a father after all.
- Warren Beatty as Harley Rummell
- Leslie Caron as Michele O'Brien
- Bob Cummings as Dr. Philip Brock
- Keenan Wynn as Angelo Carelli
- Hermione Gingold as Mrs. Luce
- Lionel Stander as Sam
- Asa Maynor as Rusty
- Cathleen Nesbitt as Mrs. Brock
- Michael Bradley as John Thomas
- Warren Mitchell as Frank Focus / Panel Moderator
- Sydney Tafler as Panel Participant
- Michael Kane as Staff Doctor
- Riggs O'Hara as Glue Sniffer
- Mavis Villiers as Rusty's Mother
- Margaret Nolan as Mail-Order Film Girl
- Viviane Ventura as Mail-Order Film Girl
- George Moon
- Charlotte Holland as Neighbours
- Ferdy Mayne as Vittorio Fettucini
- Libby Morris as Clinic Mother
- Bessie Love as Pet shop customer
- Jill Adams as Mrs. B.M. von Crispin
- Uncredited (in order of appearance)
The film was entirely shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England. The original Baby John Thomas was supposed to be played by 2-year-old Philip Barron, but he didn't get on with Warren Beatty and cried almost every time he went near him, so there was a last-minute change and a Michael Bradley was found so production could start, and both children were used during filming. Bad weather delayed filming, and seven minutes were cut from the final edit.
In February 1966, Dell Publishing released a paperback novelization by Al Hine under his frequent tie-in pseudonym, "Bradford Street." There is no attribution to the screenplay, though the 1965 copyright is assigned to Paramount Pictures. The cover price was 45¢ and the cover photos feature stars Beatty and Caron.
Variety called the film "light" and "refreshing" and added, "Well-paced direction of many fine performances, generally sharp scripting and other good production elements add up to a satisfying comedy."
Time Out New York said, "This dull attempt at an offbeat and sophisticated romantic comedy falls flat on its face, thanks largely to the usual sluggish direction from Arthur Hiller [and] … a dismal script by William Peter Blatty."