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No Down Payment (1957)

The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Leola Boone
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The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his long-suffering wife Isabelle, flirtatious Leola Boone and her sadistic husband Troy, hard working Herman Kreitzer and his understanding wife Betty, and newlyweds Jean and David Martin. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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John McPartland's Explosive Novel That Tell-Tales on Young Married America!

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30 October 1957 (USA)  »

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A Mulher do Próximo  »

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In 1967, musician David Bowie cited this film in a letter to fan Sandra Dodd: "I was watching an old film on TV the other night called "No Down Payment" a great film, but rather depressing if it is a true reflection of The American Way of Life." See more »

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Featured in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

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The Drive-In Rock
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Carroll Coates
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Still excellent and a fine period study
3 June 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

A friend had a copy of this film, and I recently saw it again, after a period of several years.

Seen now, 50 years after its release, it has a more nostalgic feel for the 1950's - still in the "post-war/Cold War period," before the turbulent 60's - and it presents a superb snapshot of young marrieds of this era.

As others have pointed-out, one aspect is the excellent performance of Tony Randall, with a character in contrast with his frequent second-banana/best friend/never-gets-the-girl/lighthearted and light-weight persona in many of his other flicks.

Most of the actors are gone or retired; the two we saw most in the 90's were Sheree North and Pat Hingle - both forty years older and forty pounds heavier than here.

All-in-all an excellent film, now as originally, and more so for the historic/nostalgic feel it provides today.


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