Ask Any Girl (film)

Ask Any Girl is a 1959 American romantic comedy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, and Gig Young.[2]

Ask Any Girl
Theatrical poster
Directed byCharles Walters
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Written byGeorge Wells
Winifred Wolfe (novel)
StarringDavid Niven
Shirley MacLaine
Gig Young
Music byJeff Alexander
CinematographyRobert J. Bronner
Edited byJohn McSweeney Jr.
Euterpe, Inc.
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 21, 1959 (1959-05-21)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,475,000[1]


A wide-eyed Meg Wheeler comes to New York City and takes a job in market research for a large firm. She's also keeping an eye open to meet the right man, her research making her aware that the United States has five million more females than males.

Upon meeting two clients, the reserved and somewhat stodgy Miles Doughton and his playboy younger brother Evan, it doesn't take long for Meg to realize she's romantically interested in Evan.

Miles is willing to help. He has seen so many of his brother's conquests come and go that he knows what Evan likes in a girl. Therefore, in a Pygmalion-like way, he sets out to transform Meg into exactly that kind of girl. What she doesn't yet know is that Miles secretly comes to want her for himself.



MGM bought the rights to the novel in June 1958, before it had been published. David Niven signed to star in November.[3] Jeff Alexander composed the music for the film,[4] with Harry James and His Orchestra releasing two songs from the film, "Ballad for Beatniks" and "The Blues About Manhattan," on an MGM single.[5]


According to MGM records, the film earned $2,075,000 in the US and Canada, and $1,400,000 elsewhere, turning a profit for the studio of $505,000.[1]

It recorded admissions of 255,797 in France.[6]

Awards and nominations

Shirley Maclaine won the 1959 BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, and also the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 9th Berlin International Film Festival.[7] She was also nominated for a Golden Globe, losing out to Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot.

Rod Taylor's performance was much admired and helped lead to his casting in The Time Machine (1960).[8]

See also


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. Bosley Crowther (May 22, 1959). "NY Times review". New York Times. Retrieved 22 November 2008.
  3. By THOMAS M PRYORSpecial to The New,York Times. (1958, Nov 06). MARCH TO TEAM WITH KIM NOVAK. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. Landazuri, Margarita. "Ask Any Girl". Turner Classic Movies. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  5. "Reviews of This Week's Singles". Billboard. June 15, 1959. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  6. French box office admissions for 1960 at Box Office Story.
  7. "Berlinale 1959: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  8. Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood, Bear Manor Media 2010 p61
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