The Facts of Life

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Unlike the typical Bob Hope and Lucille Ball vehicles, The Facts of Life is essentially a domestic drama with comic undertones. Hope is married to Ruth Hussey, while Ball is the wife of Don DeFore. All four are old friends, who for many years have... read more

Unlike the typical Bob Hope and Lucille Ball vehicles, The Facts of Life is essentially a domestic drama with comic undertones. Hope is married to Ruth Hussey, while Ball is the wife of Don DeFore. All four are old friends, who for many years have taken each other for granted. A series of unforeseen circumstances requires Hope and Ball to spend a great deal of time together without their spouses, and as a result they fall in love. Though the affair is never consummated, Hope and Ball are prepared to run off together, but in the end they decide that adultery at their age just isn't worth the trouble. Long unavailable for viewing due to legal tangles, The Facts of Life has gained legendary status as one of the few Bob Hope films of the 1960s to concentrate on character development rather than silly one-liners. Recent viewings have revealed that, though a far more mature work than one might expect from Hope or Ball, Facts of Life still relies to a great extent on the sort of TV sitcom material that the fans of the two stars had come to expect by 1960. Still, the film was considered offbeat enough to warrant an Oscar nomination for best screenplay (by longtime Hope associates Norman Panama and Melvin Frank).

Original Release

11/14/1960

US Release

11/14/1960

Cast

Bob Hope Larry Gilbert
Lucille Ball Kitty Weaver
Ruth Hussey Mary Gilbert
Don DeFore Jack Weaver
Louis Nye Hamilton Busbee
Philip Ober Doc Mason
Peter Leeds Thompson - the Dry Cleaner / Thompson, the Dry Cleaner
Hollis Irving Myrtle Busbee
William Lanteau Airline Clerk
Robert F. Simon Motel Clerk
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Melvin Frank

Writers

Melvin Frank, Norman Panama

Cast

Bob Hope Larry Gilbert
Lucille Ball Kitty Weaver
Ruth Hussey Mary Gilbert
Don DeFore Jack Weaver
Louis Nye Hamilton Busbee
Philip Ober Doc Mason
Peter Leeds Thompson - the Dry Cleaner / Thompson, the Dry Cleaner
Hollis Irving Myrtle Busbee
William Lanteau Airline Clerk
Robert F. Simon Motel Clerk
Louise Beavers Gussie
Mike Mazurki First Husband in Motel Room
Bess Flowers Woman at Airport
Bert Stevens Man at Airport
Marianne Stewart Connie Mason
Leon Alton Board Member
Eddie Baker Man at Airport
Billy Booth Little Gray Squirrel
Tex Brodus Party Guest
George Bruggeman Minor Role

Producers

Editors

Frank Bracht

1961 Oscar Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
1961 Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Nominated
1961 Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Nominated
1961 Oscar Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Won
1961 Oscar Best Music, Original Song Nominated
1961 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Comedy Nominated
1961 Golden Globe Best Actress - Comedy or Musical Nominated
1961 Golden Globe Best Actor - Comedy or Musical Nominated
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