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New York housewife Olivia Pearce is completely bored and wants to return to work, but her husband Larry objects, even though she earlier helped him build his music store into one of the biggest in the city and ran it while he was away at war. Later, Larry tells Olivia's uncle, judge Josh Boulton, who is one of the store's investors, that he needs someone to head the sales department and plans to hire Gay Winston, his wartime secretary, an attractive young woman who is recently divorced. When Larry makes the announcement at a sales meeting, salesman Howard Prichard mistakenly assumes that Larry intends to hire Olivia, and says as much when she arrives in the office. Larry then feels compelled to offer her the job, and a delighted Olivia accepts. Later, she has lunch with Vera Thompson and another saleswoman at the same restaurant where Larry is meeting Gay to explain why he can no longer hire her. Olivia feigns disinterest in Larry's lunch date, adding that she has only been jealous once during their marriage--when Larry wrote home constantly about a WAC captain named Gay Winston. Olivia's composure cracks, however, when Gay's ex-husband, Victor Lardner, storms into the restaurant and accuses Larry of stealing Gay's affections. By the time Larry returns home, a jealous Olivia has packed his suitcase. Larry spends the night upstairs at Josh's apartment and the following morning apologizes to Olivia. When Olivia learns that his lunch date was Gay, however, she becomes jealous again. Larry then reveals that he had intended to hire Gay, not Olivia, as the sales manager, and she demands a divorce. One night, a depressed Larry encounters Vic in a bar. At first they do not recognize each other, and when they do, they burst out laughing. When Gay joins them, Vic explains that they are reconciled, and that he has made a resolution never to be jealous or angry again. In the meantime, Olivia has realized how much she loves Larry and rushes to his hotel to tell him. At the same time, Larry, who has decided to resolve his problems with Olivia, goes to her apartment with flowers. Not finding their spouses at home, each assumes that the other is out with someone else. Three months later, Larry stops by Olivia's apartment again. When the lights go out during a snow storm, Larry spends the night, and finally all misunderstandings are cleared up and the two are reconciled.
Veda Ann Borg
Everett A. Brown
Herbert Clyde Lewis
One Last Fling
Although One Last Fling was a fluffy comedy, the story of a woman who worked during World War II and finds herself bored with being a post-war housewife was a true reflection of the times. The war had pushed women into the workforce as never before, with Rosie the Riveter remaining an iconic symbol of those women who rolled up their sleeves to get the job done. But what happened to Rosie when the men came home and she was forced back into the home?
One Last Fling has Olivia Pearce (Alexis Smith) spending the war years in charge of the music store owned by her husband, Larry (Zachary Scott). When Larry returns home, Olivia is back to being a New York housewife. The store begins to expand and Larry decides to hire someone to head up the sales department, so he looks to recent divorcee Gaye Winston (Veda Ann Borg), who had been his secretary during the war. A series of misunderstandings results in Olivia thinking she has the job, and Larry is forced to hire her. When Larry has lunch with Gaye to explain, Olivia sees him and thinks he's having an affair. Also in the cast was Ann Doran and future Gilligan's Island and Mr. Magoo star, Jim Backus.
This was not the first time that Alexis Smith and Zachary Scott had worked together; they had been previously paired in Whiplash (1948) and South of St. Louis (1949) and the experience making this film was a happy one. In a letter to his future wife, Ruth Ford, Scott wrote, "I am making One Last Fling at Warner Bros. now, a comedy, my first, and loving it." Unfortunately, the critics didn't. The mysteriously named "H.H.T." writing for The New York Times called it "loud" and "childish." "Miss Smith is decorative, no more, and Mr. Scott manages to look and act like a mistreated spaniel. [...]Ransom Sherman, as a wolfish uncle, and Jody Gilbert, as a powerful Katrinka eavesdropper, almost make the whole thing worth staying awake."
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One Last Fling
According to a December 10, 1946 Los Angeles Examiner news item, Errol Flynn was first slated to star in the film. A February 4, 1948 Los Angeles Times news item announced that Alan Hale was to act in the film. Jim Backus made his screen debut in the production.