Lover Come Back (1961): Mann’s Romantic Comedy, Sequel to Pillow Talk, Starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day

Delbert Mann directed Lover Come Back, a romantic comedy, starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson in their second teaming together.

Lover Come Back

Theatrical release poster

The supporting cast includes Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Ann B. Davis, and Donna Douglas.

Day, Hudson and Randall had appeared in three movies together, the first being Pillow Talk (1959) and the last Send Me No Flowers (1964).

Like Pillow Talk, the story is inspired by the concept of mistaken identity.

The script by Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning earned the for Best Original Screenplay nomination.

Jerry Webster is a Madison Avenue ad executive, who has achieved success through hard work and also by wining and dining his clients, setting them up on dates with attractive girls.

Day plays Jerry’s equal and sworn enemy at a rival agency, Carol Templeton. Although she has never met him, Carol is disgusted by Jerry’s unethical tactics and reports him to the Ad Council.

Jerry avoids trouble with his usual aplomb, sending a comely chorus girl, Rebel Davis, to seduce the council members.

Day sings two songs, “Lover Come Back” in the opening credits, and “Should I Surrender.”


Directed by Delbert Mann
Produced by Robert Arthur, Martin Melcher, Stanley Shapiro
Written by Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning

Music by Frank De Vol
Cinematography Arthur E. Arling
Edited by Marjorie Fowler
Distributed by Universal Pictures

Release date: December 20, 1961

Running time: 107 minutes
Box office $7.6 million (rentals)