Critic's Choice


Critic's Choice (1963)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Angela Ballantine)

Lucille Ball Movies

Bob Hope portrays theatrical critic Parker Ballantine, while Lucille Ball plays his wife Angela. Feeling "useless," Angela writes a play as a lark, then is amazed when it is optioned by a major producer.

Parker does his best to get out of the responsibility of reviewing the play (which very well may be as bad as he thinks it is), but cannot escape the responsibility.

Special Notes: Ira Levin wrote the stage comedy Critic's Choice as a good-natured retort to a comment made by critic Walter Kerr. In his essay How Not to Write a Play, Kerr noted that the worst possible scenario would involve a drama critic forced to review a play written by his wife (we should mention that Kerr's own wife was noted playwright Jean Kerr).

Levin utilized this very scenario, and the result was a Broadway hit. Less successful artistically was the 1962 film version, though with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball as stars, the film couldn't help but clean up at the box office.

Movie #80
Film Date: 1963

Release Date: April 13, 1963
Film Type: comedy
Film Color: Technicolor
Studio: Warner Brothers
Film Length: 100 minutes

Don Weis (Director)
Frank P. Rosenberg (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Angela Ballantine)

Supporting Cast:
Bob Hope (Parker Ballantine)
Marilyn Maxwell (Ivy London)
Rip Torn (Dion Kapakos)
Jesse Royce Landis (Charlotte Orr)
John Dehner (S.P. Champlain)
Jim Backus (Dr. von Hagedom)
Ricky Kelman (John Ballantine)
Dorothy Green (Mrs. Champlain)
Marie Windsor (Sally Orr)
Evan McCord (Phil Yardley)
Richard Deacon (Harvey Rittenhouse)
Joan Shawlee (Marge Orr)
Jerome Cowan (Joe Rosenfield
Donald Losby (Godfrey)
Lurene Tuttle (Mother)
Emestine Wade (Thelma)
Stanley Adams (Bartender)