In turbulent times, we often look to pop culture for comfort. So as America moved out of the idealized era of Eisenhower and sock hops and into an uncertain future of The Feminine Mystique and the pill, Doris Day and Rock Hudson pioneered a new genre of romantic comedies to ease us from one decade to the next. These colorful, feather-light films about independent career gals and the playboys who win them over were referred to as "sex comedies" at the time, but the crew behind the 2003 homage Down With Love came up with the more apt term of "bedroom comedies." Unlike the raunchy, nudity-filled sex comedies of the 1980s, '60s bedroom comedies keep things coy. When the characters do eventually have sex, it's always within the confines of marriage—even if that marriage is anything but wanted. So while in some ways Day and Hudson's three films offered a nod to progressive sexual politics, they also reverted back to a retrograde status quo. Advertisement Before they joined forces in 1959's Pillow Talk, Day and Hudson were both 1950s stars in their own right. She was born Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff, a spunky bottle blonde from Cincinnati, Ohio, who got… Read full this story
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