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From the Terrace -- 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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John O'Hara (novel)
Ernest Lehman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 September 1960 (West Germany) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Robson, Newman, Woodward and Balin in an exciting and turbulent history in a great movie. See more (38 total) »


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Paul Newman ... David Alfred Eaton

Joanne Woodward ... Mary St. John

Myrna Loy ... Martha Eaton
Ina Balin ... Natalie Benzinger

Leon Ames ... Samuel Eaton
Elizabeth Allen ... Sage Rimmington

Barbara Eden ... Clemmie Shreve

George Grizzard ... Alexander 'Lex' Porter

Patrick O'Neal ... Dr. Jim Roper
Felix Aylmer ... James Duncan MacHardie
Raymond Greenleaf ... Fritz Thornton

Malcolm Atterbury ... George Fry

Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Eugene St.John

Ted de Corsia ... Mr. Ralph W. Benziger

Howard Caine ... Creighton Duffy
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. St. John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Benziger (uncredited)
Joseph Bardo ... Guard (uncredited)

Marie Blake ... Nellie (uncredited)

Alexander Campbell ... Partner (uncredited)

Regina Carrol ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Partner (uncredited)
Gordon B. Clarke ... Weinkoop - Train Conductor (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Owen Cunningham ... Partner (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Jack Davis ... Partner (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... MacHardie's Secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... D.D. Jones (uncredited)
Cecil Elliott ... Josephine (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Partner (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Manservant (uncredited)
Coleman Francis ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Lauren Gilbert ... Charles Frolick (uncredited)
Otis Greene ... Pullman Porter (uncredited)
Clive Halliday ... Lord Sevringham (uncredited)
John Harding ... Newton Orchid (uncredited)

Rory Harrity ... Steve Rimmington (uncredited)
Henry Hunter ... Partner (uncredited)

David Macklin ... Messenger (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Sandy's Governess (uncredited)
Jimmy Martin ... Sandy Duffy (uncredited)
Davis Mortashed ... Page Boy (uncredited)
Robert Nash ... Photographer (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Lady Servringham (uncredited)
Barbara Perry ... Blonde (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Bill Quinn ... Lawrence Von Elm (uncredited)

Stuart Randall ... Jerry Kelly (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... The Bartender (uncredited)
Felippa Rock ... Jean Duffy (uncredited)
John Roy ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Countess Elektra Rozanska ... Mrs. Ripley (uncredited)
Elizabeth Russell ... Frolick's Woman (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Robert Shayne ... Partner (uncredited)
Truman Smith ... Doctor (uncredited)
Rachel Stephens ... Miss Trimmingham (uncredited)
Kay Adell Stork ... Secretary (uncredited)
Orrin Tucker ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
John Warburton ... Partner (uncredited)
Johnstone White ... Partner (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Sally Winn ... Mrs. Pearson (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Robson 
Writing credits
John O'Hara (novel)

Ernest Lehman (screenplay)

Produced by
Mark Robson .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Howard Richmond 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
James B. Gordon .... special photographic effects
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Other crew
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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149 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:18 | Australia:PG | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (certificate #19577) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: Although the storyline at that point is set in the early 1950s, Natalie Benziger's Plymouth convertible is equipped with 1956 Hudson wheel covers.See more »
Natalie Benzinger:Do you believe in love at first sight?
Alfred Eaton:No. I believe in confusion.
Natalie Benzinger:Yes.
Alfred Eaton:A man walks around in a desert all his life looking for water. All he ever finds is sand.
Natalie Benzinger:I didn't know you were lost in the desert.
Alfred Eaton:I didn't know it either, until last night.
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Robson, Newman, Woodward and Balin in an exciting and turbulent history in a great movie., 11 September 2011
Author: psagray from Spain

It's first film starring Paul Newman as an independent actor. Made by Mark Robson ("The Harder They Fall," 1956), screenwriter Ernest Lehman wrote, which adapts the bestselling novel "From the Terrace" (1958), John O'Hara. It's filmed in real settings Phoenixville (Pa.) and Manhattan (NYC) and in the studio.).

The story takes place in NYC, Port Johnson (Philadelphia), Mountain City (Nevada) and New York's Nassau County, between 1946 and 1958. "David Alfred Eaton" (Newman), Navy pilot during WWII, the war ended, he returned (1946) to his parents' home in Port Johnson. In order to surpass his father, he will be aimed to have a personal net worth of more than 5 million USD before the age of 40 years. Leave the family home and is associated with an old friend of the war, Alexander "Lex" Porter (Grizzard) and then moving on to work as an executive of the firm "J. D. MacHardie and Company ", chaired by James Duncan MacHardie (Aylmer), based in Wall Street (Manhattan, NYC). He marries "Saint Mary Jones" (Woodward), heiress of a powerful New York family. During a professional stay in Mountain City, meet "Ralph W. Benziger "(Corsi), his wife and daughter," Natalie "(Balin), much younger than him. "Alfred" is intelligent, clever, ambitious and hard working. He quiet with work his frustrations. "Mary" is wilful, passionate, and selfish and tax calculator. "Natalie" is loving, caring, self-sacrificing and kind.

The seal film drama, social commentary and romance. It exposes the history of work, efforts, dedication and success of the ambitious "David Alfred Eaton," who is willing to pay a high price for success. The story, according to the parameters of American cinema in the 50 and 60, presents situations stormy characters swept away by ambition, passion overwhelmed and deep and painful frustrations. Robson makes use of classical resources of melodrama, but in a unique way. Indeed, he maintains the interest of the situations under the control of an elegant restraint that departs from the usual ways of the sub genre. It also discusses situations from a viewpoint subtly ironic and critical, which gives the story a distinctive tone and a nice attractive.

The story plays with the interest in exploring the most elite and wealthy environment of NYC and the country and the denunciation of the working methods of the same, their tricks and strategies, their prejudices and weaknesses, their embodiment of a certain conception of success and specific embodiment of aspirations of happiness.

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