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From the Terrace (1960)

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An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career.

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David Alfred Eaton
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Mary St. John
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Martha Eaton
Ina Balin ...
Natalie Benzinger
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Samuel Eaton
Elizabeth Allen ...
Sage Rimmington
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Clemmie Shreve
George Grizzard ...
Alexander 'Lex' Porter
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Dr. Jim Roper
Felix Aylmer ...
James Duncan MacHardie
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Fritz Thornton
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George Fry
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Mr. Eugene St.John
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Mr. Ralph W. Benziger
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Creighton Duffy
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Alfred Eaton, an ambitious young executive, climbs to the top of New York's financial world as his marriage crumbles. At the brink of attaining his career goals, he is forced to choose between business success, married to the beautiful, but unfaithful Mary and starting over with his true love, the much younger Natalie. Written by Mike Welsch <m.welsch@az05.bull.com>

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9 September 1960 (West Germany)  »

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Desde la terraza  »

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Fox Movietone newsreel footage of the premiere shows Ina Balin, David Hedison, and then the Oscar nominee Peter Falk (for Fox's "Murder Inc.") in attendance. See more »

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The amount of milk in MacHardie's glass changes between shots when he's alone with Eaton. See more »

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Mary St. John: Well... and what does she call you?
Alfred Eaton: Huh?
Mary St. John: Miss, um... Benziger. She calls me Mrs. Eaton and you call her Natalie, but she doesn't call you anything. Aren't you Mr. Eaton or Alfred?
Alfred Eaton: As a matter of fact, I'm Calvin Coolidge but she doesn't know that.
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The More I See You
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Alfred leaves Mary on the terrace after dancing
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Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - Such Beautiful People.
8 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a youngster, I saw Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in person, a few years after they finished this picture, in New York. They were appearing on Broadway in a comedy called "Baby Want A Kiss," and I was passing by Sardi's on 44th Street, I believe. First to come out was drop dead gorgeous Joanne, still wearing her FROM THE TERRACE hairstyle (shoulder-length pageboy flip) & dark movie star sunglasses, accompanied by two men in suits. She ignored the crowd who screamed, "Joanne, over here!" "Hi, Joanne!" Next, Paul Newman came out (two suited men on either side) as he held a cocktail glass in his hand. Obviously on his fourth or fifth drink, he looked like Alfred Eaton in TERRACE. But, unlike Joanne, he smiled and flashed the bluest eyes I've ever seen! He even toasted the screaming crowd. Women AND men were fainting unashamedly.

Personally, I loved FROM THE TERRACE. I was just fascinated by all the glamour, wealth, sex, adultery and sheer drama (especially between Leon Ames (Paul's father) and Newman.

Joanne as Mary St. John was a stone nympho, similar to Susanne Pleshette's over-sexed character in another John O'Hara book-to-film, A RAGE TO LIVE.

It was just a joy to see Woodward wear all those fabulous clothes and look spectacular in those hairdos and 60's makeup (it was all in the eyes!) After getting propositioned on the dance floor, Mary rebuked the man who knew "all about her..." donned a tremendously long white satin coat and "floated" like a regal queen to the limo (hair in a French Roll and a tiara!) Gorgeous.

Yes, she was an adulteress, but what was a "hungry" girl like her to do when her husband didn't want to touch her?


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