Alexander Mackendrick’s only non-Ealing comedy and his least seen film, 'Don’t Make Waves' is adapted from an ineffably Californian novel by Ira Wallach, given a further patina of 60s cool by Terry Southern’s uncredited script doctoring. A slick opportunist (Curtis) arrives in LA, parlays himself into a job selling swimming pools and falls for a bubblehead beach-girl (Tate). Any satirical intent is stymied by the unfocused script, but Mackendrick succeeds in slipping in some telling visual gags - not least the ‘slide area’ climax.
- Alexander Mackendrick
- Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale, Robert Webber, Joanna Barnes, Sharon Tate, David Draper, Mort Sahl, Dub Taylor, Ann Elder, Chester Yorton, Reg Lewis, Marc London, Douglas Henderson, Sarah Selby, Mary Grace Canfield
- 97 min