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Man’s Favorite Sport?

Released 1964
Distributor Universal Pictues

Determined bachelor Rock Hudson is a so-called fishing expert but clueless when it comes to baiting a hook—fortunately Paula Prentiss really knows how to reel ’em in. The plot of Howard Hawks’s 1964 farce recalls his great screwball comedies of the 30’s but drew yawns from both audiences and critics. Molly Haskell has since recanted her initial take and finds herself “delighted and deeply moved by the film.”

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About Michael Schlesinger

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles' 1942 documentary It's All True some 50 years later. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000, co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night, and has written, produced and directed several short films featuring the faux-1930s comedy team of Biffle and Shooster. No power on Earth will ever convince him that It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World is not the Greatest. Movie. Ever.

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