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Director:
Writers:
Sloan Wilson (novel)
Delmer Daves (written by)
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Release Date:
18 November 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A self-made businessman rekindles a romance with a former flame while their two teenage children begin a romance of their own with drastic consequences for both couples. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Unforgettable See more (66 total) »

Cast

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Richard Egan ... Ken Jorgenson

Dorothy McGuire ... Sylvia Hunter

Sandra Dee ... Molly Jorgenson

Arthur Kennedy ... Bart Hunter

Troy Donahue ... Johnny Hunter
Constance Ford ... Helen Jorgenson

Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble
Jack Richardson ... Claude Andrews
Martin Eric ... Todd Harper, Handyman at Pine Island Inn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eleanor Audley ... Waiting Guest at Molly's College (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Dr. Matthias (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Joe Connors ... Driver (uncredited)
Peter Constanti ... Captain of Yacht (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Talbert (uncredited)
Gertrude Flynn ... Helen's Mother (uncredited)

Bonnie Franklin ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Dean (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Engelhardt (uncredited)
Howard Hoffman ... Justice of the Peace Alvin Frost (uncredited)
Cheryl Holdridge ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Lolita ... Singer in German version (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ... Attorney (uncredited)
Fred Marlow ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Lewis Martin ... Doctor (uncredited)
Junius Matthews ... Mr. Hamble (uncredited)
Nancy Matthews ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Dale J. Nicholson ... Minister (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Girl in Dormitory (uncredited)
Donald G. Sheely ... Attendant (uncredited)
Roberta Shore ... Anne Talbert (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Ken's Attorney (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Bart's Attorney (uncredited)
Helen Wallace ... Wife of Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Operator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Delmer Daves 
 
Writing credits
Sloan Wilson (novel)

Delmer Daves (written by)

Produced by
Delmer Daves .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. 
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Al Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helen Lierly .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Edith Palmer .... body makeup (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
Gil Kissel .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Archie Neel .... assistant props (uncredited)
Red Turner .... prop master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Everett A. Hughes .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Lambert .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ben Sad .... cable (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bennett .... best boy (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Harris .... grip (uncredited)
Horace Jones .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Stradling Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Brown .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gordon Murray .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Fern Vollner .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Harry Zubrinsky .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bert Stein .... dialogue supervisor
Ted Ashton .... publicist (uncredited)
Joe Barry .... locations (uncredited)
E.J. Carroll .... location auditor (uncredited)
George Leslie .... timekeeper (uncredited)
Alton McDermott .... first aid (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
130 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (cut version) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (cut) | USA:Approved (certificate #19324) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut version) | West Germany:18 (f) (original version) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Trivia:
According to his 1963 memoir "Wanderer", Sterling Hayden reluctantly accepted a co-starring role in the picture for $40,000 (approximately $314,000 in 2012 dollars) when his ex-wife Betty Ann de Noon prevented him from sailing to Scandinavia in his sloop the Wanderer with their four children. Hayden took the part because he was broke due to legal bills related to his three divorces from De Noon and their prolonged child custody battle and because of his cavalier disregard for money. A seasoned sailor, he planned to use the sea voyage, which he planned to film as a documentary, as a vehicle to leave Hollywood behind. He never made the picture and appeared in only one TV show before making Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) four years later, following through on his plan to ditch Hollywood.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ken and Sylvia meet for the first time at the boathouse, Ken is wearing a red shirt (in plain view even in the moonlight) when he closes the back doors. But when the camera cuts to him getting close to Sylvia, he is wearing a blue shirt.See more »
Quotes:
Bart Hunter:As soon as Molly is found - and I'm sure she will be - I suggest you vacate these rooms as swiftly as possible.
Helen Jorgenson:[incredulously] Don't tell me that you're on their side!
Bart Hunter:Let's merely say that I'm not on yours.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Susan Slade (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal MarchSee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Unforgettable, 15 February 2007
Author: George Knysh from Winnipeg, Manitoba

I saw this movie as a teen in January 1960 and was totally mesmerized. So much so that I returned to watch it eight days in a row... It was so incredibly right for me at that time. Sandra Dee became like my goddess. I learned the dialogue practically by heart. I saw it again on DVD after 47 years. Very moving reminiscences. As the scenes unrolled it all came back, word for word. Few people seem to realize BTW(as to the music) that there are really two major themes in the film: the young love theme, which you hear for the first time around minute 15 (when Sandra is shown around the estate and its garden), and which while quite wonderful is relatively muted in comparison to the pop version (which should have somehow been included in the special features). And the quite different, and superb, main theme (slightly less than 2 minutes long) which opens the film. Frankly, in the context of the whole story I prefer the latter. The message of the movie remains as compelling as ever: there is nothing stronger than love, and love conquers all, or should. You bet! I don't know of any film which says it better.

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