THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT is a silly time-capsule from 1966, with spunky Doris Day and hunky Rod Taylor, (2nd pair-up after the lame Do Not Disturb) and if you’re in a mood for silly and maybe feeling a bit nostalgic, it’s fun.
A bouncy, catchy, goofy title tune starts it out, and a representative array of supporting faves from the world of 60s comedies do their schticks—John McGiver, Paul Lynde, Edward Andrews, Dom De Luise, Dick Martin. Moonlighting from televison are Arthur Godfrey, Eric Fleming, George Tobias and Alice Pearce. Godfrey, a TV titan who would be as unfamiliar to an audience today as history or geography; Tobias and Pearce on loan from Bewitched—Pearce, 48, died of cancer three months before this movie was released and Fleming, rolling off six years bossing Rawhide, would drown at 41, three months after this debuted.
Critics poked holes in director Frank Tashlin’s vessel, since they were out to sink Doris, but it tee-hee’d up a healthy $10,000,000, #20 spot, as audiences needed a reassuring chuckle in a year marked by Blow-Up, A Man For All Seasons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Chase and Seconds. Little wonder a concoction about a widowed space-lab tour guide who moonlights in a mermaid tail, with a bachelor boss, space-age kitchen gadgets and foreign spies appealed: it got the kids to shut-up about the Beatles for 110 minutes. Doris is a pretty hot’cha forty-two in her mermaid suit.