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George Zuckerman (screenplay)
Robert Wilder (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
December 1956 (USA) See more »
This woman in his arms was now the wife of the man he called his best friend! See more »
Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fun, overheated soap opera See more (81 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Mitch Wayne

Lauren Bacall ... Lucy Moore Hadley

Robert Stack ... Kyle Hadley

Dorothy Malone ... Marylee Hadley
Robert Keith ... Jasper Hadley

Grant Williams ... Biff Miley

Robert J. Wilke ... Dan Willis

Edward Platt ... Doctor Paul Cochrane (as Edward C. Platt)
Harry Shannon ... Hoak Wayne
John Larch ... Roy Carter
Joseph Granby ... R.J. Courtney
Roy Glenn ... Sam

Maidie Norman ... Bertha

William Schallert ... Reporter
Joanne Jordan ... Brunette
Dani Crayne ... Blonde
Dorothy Porter ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gail Bonney ... Hotel Floorlady (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Robert Brubaker ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Carl Christian ... Ben - Bartender (uncredited)

Kevin Corcoran ... Boy on Electric Hobbyhorse (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Phil Harvey ... College Boy at Party (uncredited)
Bert Holland ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Beer Drinker (uncredited)
Carlene King Johnson ... College Girl at Party (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Attendant (uncredited)
Glen Kramer ... College Boy at Party (uncredited)
Robert Lyden ... Kyle as a Boy (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Hotel Proprietor (uncredited)
Coleen McClatchey ... College Girl at Party (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Marylee as a Girl (voice) (uncredited)
Cynthia Patrick ... Waitress (uncredited)
Floyd Simmons ... Beer Drinker (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Prosecution Staff Lawyer (uncredited)
Robert Winans ... Mitch as a Boy (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
Writing credits
George Zuckerman (screenplay)

Robert Wilder (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth 
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Julia Heron (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
Jay A. Morley Jr. (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Norman Deming .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
Wilson Shyer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
William Lambert .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... Technicolor color consultant
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Mayer .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
99 min | UK:100 min (re-release)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1989) | Finland:K-16 (1956) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1956) | New Zealand:R16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1998) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17932) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Douglas Sirk wanted it to be stated that Kyle Hadley was gay in the film. However this could not be mentioned directly due to the Hay's Code. Nevertheless it is still implied that Hadley is secretly in love with Mitch Wayne.See more »
Continuity: Lucy's lipstick color changes three times when she first meets Robert Stack, from orange-red in the office to coral in the taxi and pink-red in the airplane.See more »
Marylee Hadley:I'm allergic to politeness.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Super 8½ (1994)See more »
TemptationSee more »


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24 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Fun, overheated soap opera, 25 November 2002
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Rich, alcoholic Robert Stack falls in love with secretary Lauren Bacall. He marries her and is so happy he stops drinking. However, Bacall is secretly loved by Stacks' best friend, Rock Hudson. And Stacks' nymphomaniac sister, Dorothy Malone, lusts after Rock. Throw in a few complications and the movie goes spinning out of control (in a good way).

Very glossy movie in beautiful Technicolor with jaw-dropping fashions and furnishings (check out Bacall's hotel room at the beginning). Everybody looks perfect and dresses in beautiful, form-fitting clothes. Basically this is a soap opera with grade A production values. The story itself is lots of fun and some of the dialogue at the beginning is hilariously over the top. The acting by Hudson, Stack and Bacall isn't that good, but seeing them so young and glamorous is great...especially Stack...when he smiled my knees went weak! Dorothy Malone, on the other hand, is fantastic--she deservedly won Best Supporting Actress for her role. She's sexy, violent, vicious and sympathetic...all convincingly.

Fun, glossy trash. Don't miss it!

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