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Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)
Paddy Chayefsky (based on his play)
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Release Date:
20 May 1959 (France) See more »
For every girl who was ever involved with an older man!
A widowed businessman becomes obsessed with one of his employees, the divorcée Betty Preisser. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Fredric March ... Jerry Kingsley

Kim Novak ... Betty Preisser

Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Mueller

Albert Dekker ... Walter Lockman

Martin Balsam ... Jack

Lee Grant ... Marilyn

Lee Philips ... George Preisser
Edith Meiser ... Evelyn Kingsley

Joan Copeland ... Lillian
Betty Walker ... Rosalind Neiman, the widow
Lou Gilbert ... Sherman
Rudy Bond ... Gould

Effie Afton ... Mrs. Herbert, the neighbor

Jan Norris ... Alice Mueller

David Ford ... Paul Kingsley
Audrey Peters ... Elizabeth Kingsley
Dora Weissman ... Lucy Lockman
Lee Richardson ... Joey Lockman
Anna Berger ... Caroline
Alfred Leberfeld ... Ellman

Nelson Olmsted ... Erskine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Walter Mathews ... Mickey Hilliard (uncredited)

Directed by
Delbert Mann 
Writing credits
Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay)

Paddy Chayefsky (based on his play)

Produced by
George Justin .... producer
Original Music by
George Bassman 
Cinematography by
Joseph C. Brun 
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
Casting by
Everett Chambers 
Production Design by
Leo Kerz 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
Set Decoration by
Jack Wright Jr. 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
Frank L. Thompson 
Makeup Department
George Newman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Steve Bono .... production manager (as Stephen Bono)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Maguire .... assistant director
Sound Department
Richard Gramaglia .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
Music Department
George Bassman .... conductor
Other crew
Everett Chambers .... dialogue director
Marguerite James .... script supervisor
Lionel Kaplan .... technical advisor
Joshua Logan .... stage director
Irving Temaner .... production coordinator

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118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Italy:T (DVD) | USA:Approved (PCA #19293) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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56 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
This is a jewel of a movie, 7 January 2003
Author: lorelei1-1 from North Carolina

that I taped years ago and watch every so often. It's a good thing I did as it is not yet available on either VHS or DVD. The first time I ever saw this movie on television was way back when I was a teenager and I was babysitting. It's one of those movies where each time I watch it I see things I missed before; either in someone's performance or in the way a scene is filmed or something else. Fredric March is just flawless as a self-made businessman and widower in his fifties and Kim Novak is edgy as the beautiful but damaged and insecure young woman working at his company. Everyone calls her somnambulistic, but in this movie I could feel her nerves jump right through her skin at times. I thought she was very good in the role. I have to mention that one of my favorite characters in it is the son-in-law, Jack, played by Martin Balsam--a fantastic actor, of course, but he is so great in this, that, although he's not in many scenes--he just knocks me over every time I watch it. The characters all sound so true to life, of course, because they were written by Paddy Chayefsky. I found the subject matter fascinating and believable and although the standout performance was definitely that of Fredric March, playing all facets of a mature man, all actors involved were right on the mark. When WILL they make this movie available on VHS or DVD? My home-made tape looks crummy, I admit it! (And the movie is hardly ever shown on television any more) Anyway, this is one of my favorite 100 films.

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