The Americanization of Emily

The Americanization of Emily

Director: Arthur Hiller Cast: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas

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Overview

The lively but somehow slightly distasteful The Americanization of Emily stars James Garner as a WWII naval officer who happens to be a craven coward. While his comrades sail off to their deaths, Garner makes himself scarce, generally hiding out in the London flat of his lothario navy buddy James Coburn. Garner falls in love with virtuous war widow Julie Andrews (the "Emily" of the title), but she can't abide his yellow streak. Meanwhile, crack-brained admiral Melvyn Douglas decides that he needs a hero--the first man to die on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion. Coburn is at first elected for this sacrifice, but it is the quivering Garner who ends up hitting the beach. He survives to become a hero in spite of himself, winning Andrews in the process. Paddy Chayefsky's script, based on the novel by William Bradford Huie, attempts to extract humor out of the horrors of war by using broad, vulgar comedy instead of the light satirical touch that would seem to be called for. Americanization of Emily was Julie Andrews' second film; it should have led to a steady stream of adult-oriented roles, but the box-office clout of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music consigned her to "wholesome family entertainment."

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
UPC: 0888574098674
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 6,678

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Garner Lt. Cmdr. Charles Madison
Julie Andrews Emily Barham
Melvyn Douglas Adm. William Jessup
James Coburn Lt. Cmdr. "Bus" Cummings
Joyce Grenfell Mrs. Barham
Edward Binns Adm. Thomas Healy
Liz Fraser Sheila
Keenan Wynn Old Sailor
William Windom Capt. Harry Spaulding
John Crawford C.P.O. Paul Adams
Douglas Henderson Capt. Marvin Ellender
Edmon Ryan Adm. Hoyle
Steve Franken Young Sailor
Gary Cockrell Lt. Victor Wade
Alan Sues Enright
Bill Fraser Port Commander
Lou Byrne Nurse Captain
Alan Howard Port Ensign
Linda Marlowe Pat
Janine Gray 'Nameless Broad'
Judy Carne Nameless Broad
Kathy Kersh 'Nameless Broad'
Paul Newlan Gen. William Hallerton

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Robert Armbruster Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert R. Benton Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Paddy Chayefsky Screenwriter
George W. Davis Production Designer
Henry W. Grace Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Tom McAdoo Editor
Hans Peters Production Designer
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Elliot Scott Production Designer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup

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