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47 Ratings

The Tender Trap

Directed by Charles Walters
United States, 1955
Comedy, Musical, Romance


Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with Charlie’s girl Sylvia while Charlie spends his time with young actress Julie.

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The Tender Trap Directed by Charles Walters

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1956 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Song

Writers Guild of America

1956 | Nominee: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Critics reviews

Hearing [Sammy Cahn’s lyrics] form the preamble to Charles Walters’s 1955 battle-of-the-sexes comedy, they take on the tenor of a warning: “trap” becomes the operative word. And more than just a frothy romp, the film proves as revealing a time capsule of mid-century attitudes toward sex, marriage, and responsibility as any novel by John Cheever or Richard Yates.
June 01, 2016
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