Tunnel of Love, The (1958): Flat Romantic Comedy, Starring Doris Day and Richard Widmark (Miscast)

This flat, uninspired romantic comedy was directed by Gene Kelly in black and white and on a low budget.

Based on the Broadway hit play by Peter De Vries and Joseph Fields,  the story centers on a married suburban couple, played by Richard Widmark and Doris Day, who show no screen chemistry. Widmark, a man of many talents, but no comedic skills, may be miscast.

Our grade: C (* out of *****)

For reasons that are unexplained, the couple are unable to conceive a child and decide to adopt, but the road to adoption is full of obstacles and misunderstandings.

Neither the leads nor the supporting actors (Gig Young, Gia Scala) seem particularly interested or involved in the material, and all that Kelly (who doesn’t star) can do as a helmer is transfer the theatrical material to the big screen without any spirit or energy.

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