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Affair with a Stranger (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Drama | 20 June 1953 (USA)
When a TV gossip columnist wrongly announces that the marriage between now successful playwright William Blakeley and his wife Carolyn is breaking up, New York friends variously reminisce ... See full summary »

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Carolyn Parker
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Bill Blakeley
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Dolly Murray (as Mary Jo Tarola)
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Janet Boothe
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Ma Stanton
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Happy Murray
Wally Vernon ...
Joe, Taxi Driver
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Producer George W. Craig
Olive Carey ...
Cynthia Craig
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Mrs. Wallace
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Miss Crutcher
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Pop
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Timmy
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Edith (scenes deleted)
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Mounted Policeman (scenes deleted)
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When a TV gossip columnist wrongly announces that the marriage between now successful playwright William Blakeley and his wife Carolyn is breaking up, New York friends variously reminisce about how the two met and married. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Kiss and Run
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Written by Sam Coslow
Sung by Monica Lewis
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Cannot stand Victor Mature
19 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I do not like Victor Mature (VM) in films - put it down to his greasy hair, chain-smoking habit and uncultured voice.He seems particularly miscast in this film as a playwright.A modern playwright should be like Arthur Miller, Robert Bolt or Tennesee Williams.I just did not "buy" our delightful export to Hollywood, Miss Jean Simmons (JS) wanting to have a relationship with VM's character which sponged off her, took her chicken legs food and generally forced his attentions onto her.However I did not buy the DVD to see VM but to see the beautiful brunette JS at the peak of her looks.Basically "Affair With a Stranger" is the story of a struggling playwright who cannot sell his plays to the producers of commercial theatres.He meets JS on New Years eve and starts a relationship poncing off her job as a model.JS has faith in his ability to produce a hit play and of course Hollywood comes to his predictable aid when "Venus Films" agrees to buy the screen rights.During his life of penury VM gets a job as a waiter at a posh restaurant and slips his manuscript into the pile a famous producer is considering at his table.To keep body and soul together VM visits a restaurant and mixes together a soup from various condiments with hot water.This scene has always stayed in my mind over the years when I only saw it on TV (although you do not have access to hot water today in the restaurants I know).

JS and VM marry but lose the child they wanted and VM is told by the male doctor dealing with JS that she cannot have any more children.I laughed when I saw them both lighting up in his surgery.I will not reveal any more of the plot which is predictable.I rated it 6/10.It is one of two JS films I taped off the TV some time ago - the other was Adam and Evelynne (1949) which is the better of the two.My rating reflects the performance of JS and the able supporting actors who did a good job with the script.


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