The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped (1974)


This TV movie opens with a Hefner-like magazine publisher, who’s just turned forty, answering his doorbell. Into his bachelor pad pops a young, bikini-clad girl with a bow fastened around her waist; she sings “Happy Birthday”, then plants a kiss on the startled Long. The publisher suspects that his buddies have set this up, but in fact Valentine is as much responsible for the surprise. A country gal, she has come to the big city in search of a husband, and she’s hoping that by presenting herself to Long, she’ll be launched on the road to romantic fulfillment. More whimsical than sexy, The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped was another pre-fab ABC Movie of the Week.

Director: Bruce Bilson.
Writer: Susan Silver.
Stars: Karen Valentine, Richard Long, Tom Bosley, Farrah Fawcett, Dave Madden, Reta Shaw, Louise Sorel, Michael Haynes, Patti Cubbison, Shelley Morrison, Carol Veazie, Monty Margetts, Maurice Sherbanee, Dave Morick, Billy Sands, Darl Severns, Sandra Ego, Jaime Lyn Bauer.


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