Sex & The Single Girl


Bob Weston is the top reporter for a sleazy, but highly profitable, tabloid magazine that owes its success to stories highlighting sex. Helen Gurley Brown is a bright and beautiful 23 year old psychologist who has authored the best-selling book “Sex and the Single Girl.” Weston realizes that Brown won’t grant him an interview because she has already been the subject of one of his exploitative articles, so he masquerades as his friend and neighbor Frank Broderick, a hosiery manufacturer henpecked by a jealous wife. After several counseling sessions as a patient with the attractive Dr. Brown complications arise when the womanizing writer starts to fall in love with the psychologist.


Don’t let the title fool you, there is no sex in this picture. As a matter of fact, except for scene of Natalie Wood laying topless in her bed on her stomach and lot of kissing nad petting, there isn’t much of anything that comes anywhere near sex, but that’s ok, because this is a classic film from those days when sex wasn’t everything.

Apparently, Sex & the Single Girl is based on a book of the same name, but was loosely translated to the big screen. Having not read the book, I can’t tell you how close this was to the source material.

I am a big fan fo screwball comedies, and had heard that this was one of those. I was a little disappointed to find out it was more of a romantic comedy, but at the same time I wasn’t surprised, either.

The cast of this picture is spot on, highlighted by Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood’s stellar performances, but don’t overlook strong showings by Lauren Bacall and jazz singer Fran Jeffries.

The low point of this film is slightly before the midway point. If you’re read previous reviews of mine, you know that I am no fan of films that lull in spots. Well, guess what, that’s what happened there. I expect such from films of yesteryear, but for some reason, this just seemed to last longer than others, but it quickly picked up steam and kept rolling on until the film’s end, so that made up for that shortcoming.

As far as classics go, this could have been better, but also could have been much worse. Watching Fran Jeffries sashay across the screen and the beauty of Natalie Wood accompanied by a solidly funny story makes this film more than enjoyable. I recommend you check this out. What harm could it do?

4 out of 5 stars

One Response to “Sex & The Single Girl”

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