Often a film title is SO good it just has to be used again.
We’re not talking remakes here. We’re referring to two totally different films with the same title.
Take Lover Come Back for example. The 1961 comedy starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day (pictured above) and Tony Randall was almost, but not quite a sequel to their 1959 hit, Pillow Talk. Same basic plot –virginal business woman taken in by slick bachelor.
For this second of the Hudson-Day Randall films Universal needed a nifty title so they went into their vaults and borrowed one from an old Lucille Ball/George Brent comedy of 1946.
In the earlier film the title made some sense. The plot concerned a couple who get divorced, then reconcile. But in the Hudson/Day film the title had no relationship to the plot about battling advertising executives. It was a subliminal reference to the stars being re-teamed.
What they really meant was “Box Office Hit Come Back.” And it did.
For “old” movie buffs (which one assumes we all are; buffs, that is, not necessarily “old”) both films are worth seeing.
Just to see Lucy in sophisticated comedy. And of course to see Hudson, Day and Randall at their peak in the kind of romantic comedy that they just don’t seem able to make anymore.
But, of course, once they took the title from the Ball/ Brent film they had to re-title it for TV release, so you’ll find it now as When Lover’s Meet.
Two other films with the same title and different plots are The Verdict and The Verdict.
These are dramas. The older one, a 1946 film from Warners was the last pairing of our old favorites, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Great performances by them and all those great character actors of the time at Warners. You won’t be disappointed.
The more recent film is the 1982 Paul Newman starrer. And he and his legion of fans WERE disappointed when he didn’t win the Oscar for this performance. He’s at his best.
Both The Verdicts hold up nicely. Guess that’s why we call them classics.