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Furs on Film – The Couch Trip (1988)

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The late 80s: fur is on the way out, and mediocre comedy is on the way in. Thus we find ourselves at one of Dan Aykroyd’s less beloved comedies: The Couch Trip. We’re in luck, though, because this update has nothing at all to do with Aykroyd.

The Couch Trip – The Film

The overarching plot of The Couch Trip concerned an escaped mental patient who assumes the identity of a doctor bound for a guest hosting gig on an LA radio show. This has very little to do with the B-plot of the rocky marriage of said doctor and his neglected wife. 

The Couch Trip – The Furs

Meet Vera Maitlin (Mary Gross in the Mary Gross role) wealthy wife of Doctor George Maitlin, who is being impersonated in the A-plot. Vera’s sense of style far outweighs her common sense, as this lovely full-length confirms.

They’re in London, bickering. SNL alumn Mary Gross always played the nervous, fidgety role, and this is one of them. While she was never cast as a sex symbol, that silver fox coat goes a long way to bringing her around to that status.

The film flips back and forth between the A-plot and this one. Fortunately, three times we check in, Vera is wearing fur. The second time, she adds a very well-chosen to round out the silver fox ensemble.

She is featured wearing only the hat after returning to their hotel room.

Vera sadly lost the silver fox the final time we swapped back, but the replacement is excellent. The black fox accessories overflow with a hat, stole, and oversized cuffs.

We get a final close-up before she literally flips her wig.

The Couch Trip won’t make any top 10 lists, but I like the silver fox coat and black fox hat combo. The runtime is tragically brief for both, but you get two scenes with it, plus the “bonus” stole later. I had to rely on slow-motion to get the edit up to 1 minute since there were only about 3 to work with. 

  • Fur Runtime: approx 2:48
  • Film Runtime: 97 minutes
  • On-Screen Fur Ratio: 3%

Find-a-Fur: The Couch Trip, 1988

(all times are approximate and are affected by the cut of the film)

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