Sex and the Single Girl

Sex and the Single Girl Information

Sex and the Single Girl (1964) is an American comedy film directed by Richard Quine and starring Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, and Mel Ferrer.

The film was inspired by the title of the non-fiction book Sex and the Single Girl (1962) by Helen Gurley Brown.


Bob Weston works for Dirt, a scandal magazine. Helen Gurley Brown is the author of a best-selling new book with advice to single women on how to deal with men. Weston wants to interview her, but she refuses to see him.

Impersonating a friend, Frank Broderick, a married man, Bob goes to see Helen for advice. He also attempts to seduce her. Helen resists, knowing he's married, and dates Rudy DeMeyer instead. Bob claims he's bound for a divorce, so Helen insists on meeting his wife.

By mistake, Bob persuades two women, secretary Susan and girlfriend Gretchen, to masquerade as Frank's wife. When word gets to Frank's actual wife, Sylvia, what's going on, she shows up in Helen's office as well. Frank is arrested for bigamy.

Bob has juicy material for the magazine, but has fallen in love with Helen and refuses to write it, losing his job. A chase and a comedy of errors leads to happy endings all around, Rudy even ending up with Gretchen.


The film was a box-office hit and one of the top 20 highest grossing films of 1964. Tom Milne in the Time Out Film Guide 2009 describes the film as a "Coyly leering comedy...graceless stuff, criminally wasting Bacall and Fonda as a couple with marital problems...with Quine's moderate flair for comedy nowhere in evidence." with "noise substituting for wit and style" according to Halliwell's Film & Video Guide.


  • Tony Curtis as Bob Weston
  • Natalie Wood as Helen Brown
  • Henry Fonda as Frank
  • Lauren Bacall as Sylvia
  • Mel Ferrer as Rudy
  • Fran Jeffries as Gretchen
  • Leslie Parrish as Susan
  • Larry Storch as The Motorcycle Cop
  • Edward Everett Horton as The Chief

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