The Private Lives of Adam and Eve
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve is a 1960 Spectacolor comedy film starring Mickey Rooney (who also co-directed), and Mamie Van Doren. It is an American B-movie in which the plot revolves around a modern couple who dream that they are Adam and Eve. Others of their acquaintance assume the roles of various characters from the Book of Genesis during the fantasy sequences.
|The Private Lives of Adam and Eve|
|Directed by||Mickey Rooney|
|Produced by||Red Doff|
|Written by||Robert Hill|
|Based on||story by George Kennett|
Mamie Van Doren
|Music by||Van Alexander|
|Cinematography||Philip H. Lathrop|
|Edited by||Eddie Broussard|
Albert Zugsmith Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
A bus heading toward Reno, Nevada, is being driven by Doc Bayles, whose passengers include a traveling salesman (Hal Sanders) and a runaway teen (Vangie Harper).
Feuding couples begin boarding. A waitress, Evie Simms, wants to go to Reno to divorce her husband Ad, having caught him kissing Lil Lewis, a neighbor. Lil wants a divorce from her own husband, casino boss Nick Lewis, who tries to catch up to the bus in a broken-down car belonging to Pinkie Parker, a beatnik.
A jealous Nick commandeers the bus when Doc briefly gets off and then inadvertently drives Ad off a cliff, nearly killing him. When a raging storm heads everyone's way, they take shelter in a church. Ad and Evie fall asleep and seem to have the same dream, that they are in the original Garden of Eden, facing temptations from the Devil that could affect the future of all mankind.
When they wake up, the storm has passed. The travelers pair off, Ad with Evie, and Lil with Nick, and Vangie with Pinkie, to see where the road takes them next.
- Mickey Rooney as Nick Lewis / The Devil
- Mamie Van Doren as Evie Simms / Eve
- Fay Spain as Lil Lewis / Lilith
- Mel Tormé as Hal Sanders
- Martin Milner as Ad Simms / Adam
- Tuesday Weld as Vangie Harper
- Cecil Kellaway as Doc Bayles
- Paul Anka as Pinkie Parker
- Ziva Rodann as Passiona
- Theona Bryant as Sensuosa
- June Wilkinson as Saturday
- Phillipa Fallon as Desire
- Barbara Walden as Dancer
- Toni Covington as Devil's Familiar
- Nancy Root as Monday
In July 1957, Albert Zugsmith announced he would make a film about Adam and Eve as part of a multi-picture deal he had at MGM. George Peck was reported as working on the script. It was then reported that Richard Matheson would write a script based on a treatment by Robert Smith. Its working title was Flesh and the Devil.
The movie wound up not being made at MGM. It was a co-production between Famous Artists, the company of Albert Zugsmith, and Fryman, the company of Mickey Rooney and Red Doff; Universal distributed. Filming started on 7 July 1959.
"I pick my titles to get 'em into theatres", said Zugsmith. "Thousands of exhibitors say amen to that."
Universal planned to premiere the film simultaneously in all towns in the United States called "Paradise". However this was abandoned when it was discovered that there were only nine such towns; eight had a population of less than 500 and only two had movie theatres.
The National Legion of Decency gave the film a "Class C" or "condemned" rating, saying it was "blasphemous and sacrilegious" and resorts to "indecencies and pornography" that are "blatant violations of Judeo-Christian standards of modesty and decency."
The film was released nationally on 11 January 1961.
- "Adam and Eve Will Get Film Attention; Cram Option Deal Reported" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 25 June 1957: 25.
- "U.-I. WILL REMAKE 'IMITATION OF LIFE': Plan Film Based on Fannie Hurst Book—Gladys Cooper in Separate Tables Virginia Mayo in Western" Special to The New York Times. The New York Times 11 July 1957: 20.
- "PASSING PICTURE SCENE: Robert Ruark's Well at Ras Daga – Two for Miss Gellhorn – Addenda" by A. H. Weiler. The New York Times 1 June 1958: X5.
- "Rooney to Rejoin Albert Zugsmith: 'Platinum High School' Vehicle; Trade Paper Raps High Prices" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 5 June 1959: A9.
- "Hit by Measles" Chicago Daily Tribune 12 July 1959: 8.
- "MASS VS. CLASS: Sordid Films Mar Art's New Freedom Fast-Buck Boys Hurting Industry" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 30 Aug 1959: E1.
- Entertainment: "Zugsmith Success Story Is Unusual" Los Angeles Times 28 Nov 1959: 12.
- "HAM ON RYON: Around Town on the Tellertype" Ryon, Art. Los Angeles Times 4 Mar 1960: B5.
- "Paradise Lost" The Washington Post, Times Herald [Washington, D.C] 10 Jan 1960: H9.
- "U-I FILM 'CONDEMNED': ' Private Lives of Adam and Eve' Hit by Catholic Unit" New York Times 3 Mar 1960: 26.
- "'Adam, Eve' Will Arrive" Los Angeles Times 7 Jan 1961: B2.
- "Genesis Burlesqued in 'Adam and Eve'" Stinson, Charles. Los Angeles Times 14 Jan 1961: B7.