Monday, March 23, 2015

The Thrill of it All

I thought that I had posted this image some time ago, but I guess not. This is the exterior of the house used in the 1963 Doris Day James Garner comedy "The Thrill of it All." Doris is an overachieving housewife with too much time on her hands and Garner is her doctor husband who wants to keep his wife at home. When Doris finds herself the star of soap commercials her fame is too much for Garner. The films most memorable moment comes when Garner drives his sports car through the carport only to end up in a swimming pool, courtesy of the soap company.

For this film a new front door was relocated to the side of the house, the the lower level windows were modernized and the wing over the carport was added.

The house was originally built for the Deanna Durbin film "Nice Girl?" in 1941. In the film her father was known as Professor Dana, so the official name of the house is the Dana house.

For the television series "Desperate Housewives" this became the home of Lynette Scavo, with a few modification such as a garage door covering the carport.

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