The Tunnel of Love

The Tunnel of Love

Doris Day
Director: Gene Kelly Cast: Doris Day
Doris Day
, Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark
, Gig Young
Gig Young
Gene Kelly


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Though very tame by contemporary standards, Tunnel of Love was considered the last word in racy comedy back in 1958. Adapted from the Broadway hit by Peter DeVries and Joseph Fields, the film stars Doris Day and Richard Widmark as suburbanites Isolde and Augie Poole. Isolde and Augie desperately want a child, but for diverse reasons have never been able to conceive. They decide to adopt a child, prompting a visit to the Poole home by pretty adoption-agency officer Estelle Novick (Gia Scala). Through a series of misundertandings, Estelle decides that Augie isn't a likely candidate for fatherhood, a notion he tries to dispell by taking her out to dinner. One thing leads to another, and the next morning Augie wakes up in a strange motel room with a monstrous hangover. Months later, Estelle pays a visit to Augie, informing him that she's pregnant and in dire need of a great deal of money. Certain that he's the father, Augie goes to great lengths to hide his "indiscretion" from his wife. But Isolde begins to suspect that something is amiss when the adoption agency shows up with a baby that looks disturbingly like her husband. Nothing is quite what it seems, of course, but neither the characters nor the audience find this out til the very end. As comic contrast to the childless Pooles, Elizabeth Fraser co-stars as the couple's eternally pregant next-door-neighbor Alice Pepper, whose husband Dick (Gig Young) looks appropriately worn out. Tunnel of Love was Gene Kelly's first directorial assignment on a film in which he himself didn't appear. (As a footnote, it's worth noting that during the original Broadway run of Tunnel of Love, Augie Poole was briefly portrayed by Johnny Carson).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2017
UPC: 0888574564902
Original Release: 1958
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 22,739

Special Features

Classic CinemaScope cartoon Tot Watchers; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Isolde Poole
Richard Widmark Augie Poole
Gig Young Dick Pepper
Gia Scala Estelle Novick
Elisabeth Fraser Alice Pepper
Elizabeth Wilson Miss MacCracken
Vikki Dougan Actress
Doodles Weaver Escort
Charles Wagenheim Day Motel Man
Robert B. Williams Night Motel Man
Esquire Trio Themselves

Technical Credits
Gene Kelly Director
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Randall Duell Art Director
Joseph Fields Producer,Screenwriter
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
William Horning Art Director
Al Jennings Asst. Director
Al Jennings Asst. Director
John MacSweeney Editor
John McSweeney Editor
Martin Melcher Producer
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Bob Roberts Songwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tunnel of Love
1. Title Tune Credits. [2:09]
2. Happy Anniversary. [2:10]
3. Anything Within Reason. [8:42]
4. Pot-Bound. [4:55]
5. Augie Unbound. [4:55]
6. Bye Bye Rock-A-Bye. [4:25]
7. Share The Guilt. [2:37]
8. Really Dual Personality. [4:14]
9. You Were Wonderful. [2:57]
10. Pregnant Pause. [7:33]
11. Reward Of Virtue. [5:32]
12. Getting Gladys Started. [4:22]
13. Target For Tonight. [3:15]
14. Run Away, Skidaddle, Skidoo. [1:48]
15. Tangled Web. [4:23]
16. Notes In The Night. [3:30]
17. Ides Of March. [4:01]
18. Daniel Didn't Go Back. [2:56]
19. Miss MacCracken's News. [3:57]
20. Uncanny Resemblance. [6:46]
21. One-Week Deadline. [5:12]
22. Getaway That Got Away. [3:23]
23. Irrepressible Longings. [4:18]

Customer Reviews

The Tunnel of Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ''Tunnel of Love'' is such great fun. This sly romantic comedy was directed by Gene Kelly and stars Doris Day and Richard Widmark. I know it seems unlikely that Richard Widmark would be in a movie like this but here he is in this 1958, black and white innuendo filled comedy about a suburban couple who can't get pregnant no matter what they do. You have to feel sorry for poor Richard Widmark when he comes home hot, tired and out of sorts from traveling to Connecticut from New York. All he wants to do is get out of his hot sticky clothes, curl up on the sofa and sleep. But Doris Day has other ideas, her temporature just right so they have to make love NOW, then rush off immediately to the doctor's office, per the good doc's intructions. The hook is that Doris and her husband start proceedings to adopt a baby. A female inspector comes to talk to the couple, through a mishap Widmark wakes up in the inspectors bed. Did he or didn't he?? To make matters worse the inspector suddenly has to go away and returns 12 months later? Out of the blue the agency has found a baby for the couple, the baby looks like Widmark, the next door husband and best friend of Widmark thinks it's Widmark's baby and Widmark thinks it's his baby. And Doris is really suspicious. The next door husband played by Gig Young is a world class philanderer who never gets caught is loaded with lots of advice (all bad) for frazzled Widmark. This movie must have been soooo risque in 1958 and it's still so now. The surburbia shown here is so cliched that it's down right laughable. Doris sings the title song ''Tunnel of Love.'' This is definately a great way to spend a rainy Saturday night with a big bag of popcorn. Vannie(~.~)