Cinema: Soap Operator

The Thrill of It All presents, among other things, what may be the chicest accouchement of all time: Arlene Francis has a baby in the back seat of a Rolls-Royce stalled in a Manhattan traffic jam on—of course—the upper East Side; the doctor, who arrives on horseback, swaddles the infant in a fresh copy of the New York Times, then bundles it in a mink lap robe.

The obstetrical Paul Revere is James Garner, who lives with Wife Doris Day and two small children in an elegant house with a curving staircase and a...

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