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East Side, West Side (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 July 1950 (Australia)
A vain businessman puts strains on his happy marriage to a rich, beautiful socialite by allowing himself be be seduced by a former girlfriend.



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Complete credited cast:
Rosa Senta
Helen Lee (as Nancy Davis)
Nora Kernan
Lt. Jacobi
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Horace Elcott Howland
Alec Dawning
Felice Backett
Bill the Bartender
Lisa Golm ...
Owen Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Howard ...


Brandon and Jessie Bourne have a long, apparently happy marriage. Several years earlier Brandon had had an affair with a younger woman, Isabel Lorrison, who's now returned to New York intending to re-kindle the relationship. Meanwhile, Jessie is attracted to Mark Dwyer, a former policeman-turned-writer just arrived from a secret mission in Italy. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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I was married to a man other women pursued!


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Release Date:

21 July 1950 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Mundos Opostos  »

Box Office


$1,754,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gale Sondergaard, who plays Barbara Stanwyck's mother in this film, was 50 years old when it was produced. Stanwyck was 42. See more »


When Josephine enters Jessie's room when she's crying over reading the paper about the previous night's events, the interior door inexplicably has a deadbolt lock on it - but no corresponding plate or bolt are seen on the door's edge. This is a common shortcut of set carpenters. The same can be observed with Isabel's apartment door. See more »


Brandon Bourne: Whatever it was, it's over!
[He walks away and she follows]
Isabel Lorrison: Maybe it wasn;t love. Maybe it was only chemistry or the right combination or a miracle, but most people drag through their whole lives without finding it. We both know that, don't we,Bran?
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References The Seventh Victim (1943) See more »


Blue Moon
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Chic, Filled With Stars At Their Most Glamorous; Yet Pedestrian
17 July 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Can someone respond to let me know why the name "Lorrison" was featured in so many movies around this time? I have never heard of a person in real life with that name; yet it pops up over and over. And here, the character played by Ava Gardner is never referred to is Isabel but always, always, by both names.

I first saw this movie on TV as a teenager and assumed that life in Manhattan would be like this, just as thought the publishing world would be as it's portrayed in "The Best of Everything."

This has very chic settings -- the East side locations much more believable than the brief excursion into the West side area ostensibly the scene of Heflin -- and Stanwkyck's -- childhood.

The acting is good. The plot is engaging. Decent lines. The direction, though, is very static. All the style comes from the presumably Sutton Place location and the elegant interiors and from the fabulous cast of real movie stars, with James Mason a suave cad prefiguring his brilliant Humbert Humbert a bit more than a decade later.

Gale Sondergaard is amusing as Stanwyck's elderly mother. At one point, she says, "I'm 55 years old." Interesting, as in real life she was only eight years older than Stanwyck, who was 42 when this came out.

Still and all, this movie has stuck in my head for many years as the epitome of chic. The actors are all plausible as socialites, and Gardner is properly gorgeous and evil as a (very) beautiful girl who's hustled her way over from the wrong side of the tracks.

It's fun, but it could have been really great, given the performers, the original author and the screenwriter.

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