This is the story of a playboy and his many well-dressed loves. The women who trot through his revolving door are successful New York City professionals who dress to the nines.
In The Tender Trap (1955), Charlie (Frank Sinatra) is a womanizer - a very annoying character. His best friend asks one of the girlfriends, “Why do you put up with this?” That’s what I’d like to know!
The story tries seriously (by Hollywood standards) to tackle the issues of dating arrangements and marriage options, but who are we kidding? This is mostly a frothy comedy. MGM is not about to let these people move around without creating a fashion show by Helen Rose.
The ladies are a series of movie "types" - the passionate one, the southern belle, the stoic/inscrutable one, the ingenue, the care-worn "spinster." They don't go much deeper than that. It's mostly about the clothes.
Let's get to it.
Then comes the crises. The characters, for various reasons, no longer enjoy their arrangements.
Wardrobe for the men is a plot point from time to time.
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