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No Down Payment (1957)

 |  Drama  |  30 October 1957 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Leola Boone
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Isabelle Flagg
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Jerry Flagg
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Troy Boone
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Jean Martin
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Betty Kreitzer
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Herman Kreitzer
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Markham (as Robert Harris)
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Iko
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Mr. Burnett
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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, on whose novel this movie is based, died at age 47, less than a year after the movie's opening. See more »

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The Drive-In Rock
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Carroll Coates
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Please, everyone, try to see this film and salute it as masterly
19 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Author Mrb1980 is in the right direction, but this film is a small masterpiece. It remains rare in dealing with the tragedies of consumerism as a way of life ruthlessly led by the nose by the big companies and the advertising industry.

Though it's subject is a serious one, No Down Payment has more narrative drive and excitement than most thrillers. I still remember the shatteringly moving central performances of Joanne Woodward and Cameron Mitchell nearly 50 years later. The film was - and is - revelatory about what intelligent popular cinema could and can do. It made a tremendous evening at the pictures.

As I think about it, I could weep for the state of America film now. Far worse than McCarthyite blacklisting (which presumably caused one scriptwriter to be credited under a false name) is Hollywood's effective blacklisting of writers and directors with any true perceptions of real life, so that modern equivalents of No Down Payment such as Groundhog Day are a rarity and cynically connected feel-good rubbish is the norm.

NOTE to IMDb: your scale of marks up to Excellent is not good enough. Some films are more than Excellent


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