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Directed by Mark Robson
Produced by Fred Kohlmar
Written by George Axelrod
(story & screenplay)
Starring Judy Holliday
Jack Lemmon
Kim Novak
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography Charles Lang
Editing by Charles Nelson
Release date(s) November 10, 1954
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Phffft! is a 1954 black and white romantic comedy starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Kim Novak and featuring Jack Carson. It was written by George Axelrod and directed by Mark Robson, and was the second film featuring Holliday and Lemmon that year, after It Should Happen to You.



Nina and Robert Tracey (Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon) are a couple who have been married for eight years who decide to get a divorce after suffering marriage troubles. Robert takes up with his womanising Navy buddy Charlie Nelson (Jack Carson) while Nina looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Robert decides to spend the night with Janis (Kim Novak), a Marilyn Monroe-type character who finds the dashing Robert quite cute, but he feels uncomfortable with Janis and any other girls that he dates. Nina also tries to date other men but fails as she is still in love with Robert. Although they try to ignore each other any time that they accidentally meet, it is obvious that the past is not dead. Then one night, they find themselves in a nightclub, dancing the mambo together.



  • The title "Phffft" comes from Walter Winchell's column which was widely read during the 50s. When a celebrity couple's marriage broke up, Winchell would describe the break-up as "phffft".
  • Columbia Pictures approached George Axelrod to produce a film version of his very popular play, The Seven Year Itch but the film rights were tied up as long as it was running on Broadway. He instead offered them "Phffft!" --- an earlier play of his dealing with a similar subject.

Awards and honors

  • Judy Holliday was nominated for "Best Foreign Actress" at the BAFTA Awards in 1955.
  • The film was also nominated for "Best Written American Comedy" at the Writer's Guild of America.

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