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Stunning Retro Swinging Sixties Comedy Bachelor in Paradise starring Bob Hope and Lana Turner is a Mid-Century Feast for the Eyes

Bachelor in Paradise

Bachelor in Paradise is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer kooky comedy from the Swinging Sixties (1961) starring Bob Hope as A.J. Niles, a playboy and provocative best-selling author whose books explore the “lifestyles” of various European countries, focusing on how willing and receptive these wives are to his advances.

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Niles has tax troubles when he discovers a large tax debt owing to the Internal Revenue Service after being ripped off by his accountant. Unable to leave the country for more idyllic circumstances until the IRS is satisfied, he is temporarily trapped at home. The plan to start on a new book on the American “lifestyle”.

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Niles is sent off incognito to an ideal mid-century home in a newly built subdivision in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley where he will meet a score of new prospects for his research. Lana Turner, Paula Prentiss, Janis Paige, Agnes Moorehead and Virginia Grey co-star along with Jim Hutton, Don Porter and John McGyver.

Bachelor in Paradise is a stunning film. This is thanks in no small part to the filming location chosen. It is a feast for my eyes as a fan of retro-vintage design. The film’s interiors and exteriors are almost enough to distract you from Bob’s lovely co-stars, for those fans of Lana, Janis, Paula and Virginia. Paradise Village as it was named in this film, was filmed on location in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley. Look up Dear Old Hollywood for more information on this film location and other filming locations of your favourite classics.

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If you enjoy seeing these 1960’s fashions, design, cars and retro brands, you will be utterly delighted with this film. I grew up in five of these homes, I lived in a neighbourhood in Santa Monica, California that was an almost exact replica of the one in the film and my modest student apartment might have had Sandra Dee’s Gidget living in it except it was me with my retro pedal pushers. Get ready to step back in time with Bob! Watch for the cute, mid-century suburban neighbourhood grocery store, the oh-so retro tiki bars, the bowling alley, the drive-in restaurant. Isn’t it just adorable!

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Bachelor in Paradise is a stunning film. This is thanks in no small part to the filming location chosen. It is a veritable feast for the eyes for those fans of retro-vintage design. The film’s interiors and exteriors are almost enough to distract you from Bob’s lovely co-stars, for those fans of Lana, Janis, Paula and Virginia. Paradise Village as it was named in this film, was filmed on location in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley. Look up Dear Old Hollywood for more information on this film location and other filming locations of your favourite classics.

If you enjoy seeing these 1960’s fashions, design, cars and retro brands, you will be utterly delighted with this film. I grew up in five of these homes, I lived in a neighbourhood in Santa Monica, California that was an almost exact replica of the one in the film and my modest student apartment might have had Sandra Dee’s Gidget living in it except it was me with my retro pedal pushers. Get ready to step back in time with Bob! Watch for the cute, mid-century suburban neighbourhood grocery store, the oh-so retro tiki bars, the bowling alley, the drive-in restaurant. Isn’t it just adorable!

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