What this woman does

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German title What this woman does
Original title The Thrill of It All
Country of production United States
Publishing year 1963
length 108 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Norman Jewison
script Larry Gelbart
Carl Reiner
production Ross Hunter
Martin Melcher
music Frank De Vol
camera Russell Metty
cut Milton Carruth

What drives this woman so everything (Original title: The Thrill of It All) is an American comedy film with James Garner and Doris Day from 1963.


Beverly Boyer, wife of the gynecologist Dr. Gerald Boyer is a housewife who takes care of Andy and Maggie, both of whom are still toddlers. Gerald's advice helps his patient, Mrs. Fraleigh, achieve a long-awaited pregnancy, which is why she invites the Boyers to a formal dinner. There it made the acquaintance of Mr. Fraleigh and his father, the family patriarch Old Tom Fraleigh, who produced the soap brand "Happy" and had it advertised during the breaks of a television game. Annoyed by the lascivious atmosphere of the previous advertising messages and taken with Beverly's natural charm, he makes her the offer of a generously rewarded television appearance, which she accepts. The sponsor's television game and Beverly’s commercial break are broadcast live, she stands in the studio unprepared and is surprised by the sign of her mission. Slightly confused, she embarrassed herself with an embarrassing greeting and an awkward appearance, which is accompanied by undisguised amusement from the studio staff. Offended and humiliated, she wants to leave it at this experience.

The critic of a daily newspaper, however, praises her idea of ​​what moves Old Tom Fraleigh to offer her a permanent commitment with exorbitant remuneration. Gerald tries to dissuade Beverly at first, but is reminded by her of his earlier demand that women should not limit themselves to the household. After her performance, Beverly is surprised by an invitation to a subsequent party, at which she is enthusiastically received by employees of the sponsor and the broadcaster. At home, however, their absence leads to irritation and the dismissal of the housekeeper Olivia without notice. Beverly's increasing popularity increases her workload, in addition to photo and film recordings, she is also committed to a second, weekly broadcast. Family life suffers as a result, and the new housekeeper Magdalena with her linguistic deficits is not much help. The situation escalates when the sponsor, without Beverly's knowledge, has a pool built in the family's garden, into which the unsuspecting Gerald drives his car, whereupon he leaves the house in an argument and spends the night in the hotel. The next day he begins staging an affair with his assistant Ms. Thompson. Beverly reacts jealous and insecure.

After a failed television appearance, she hopes to talk to Gerald and awaits him at a sponsor's party. When Mrs. Fraleigh goes into labor, she makes her way to the hospital with her husband and Beverly. Gerald has meanwhile arrived at the party, finds out about the new development and is on his way back. However, both parties take different routes. While Gerald arrives at the hospital, the Fraleighs and Beverly get stuck in traffic. With the help of a mounted police patrol, Gerald arrives at his patient in time and, with Beverly's help, gives birth to a daughter. The newly reconciled couple are now planning more offspring themselves.


Produced The Thrill of It All by Ross Hunter , who had already created several romantic comedies with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Although Garner was a new line-up at Day's side, he received critical acclaim - especially for the scene in which he drove into the swimming pool in a 1958 Chevrolet Impala . The script was written by Carl Reiner , who wanted to make fun of the advertising industry, television and upscale New York society. Reiner also took on a cameo : In each of the television segments, he plays the villain who threatens the woman every week with almost the same words.

The name of the Boyer's new housemaid is Magdalena in the German dubbed version, here she is an Italian with a heavy accent. In the original, however, the housekeeper played by Lucy Landau is a German named Frau Goethe . The original US sound therefore also contains sentences spoken in German by Doris Day .


The lexicon "Films on TV" describes Doris Day and James Garner as "a brilliant team in an entertaining, gag-proof comedy". The film received three stars and was therefore rated “very good”.

For the lexicon of international films , the film was “[e] in a turbulent comedy”, but overall a “[unimportant comedy that provides pleasant entertainment”. Prisma said that director Jewison "with this work a classic of Hollywood comedy" had succeeded. "Thanks to many good ideas and scenes - from the car in the swimming pool to the birth in a stuck car - this is optimal entertainment", was the conclusion.



  • Anke Steinborn: The Thrill of It All. The beautiful appearance of finished things . In: Anke Steinborn: The neo-actionist departure. On the aesthetics of the “American Way of Life” Bertz + Fischer, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-86505-391-6 , pp. 27–57.

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Individual evidence

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  3. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier , Berndt Schulz : Lexicon "Films on TV" (expanded new edition). Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 902.
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