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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 »
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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The Purest Of Soap Opera Slop See more (36 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 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | 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 »
Continuity: The amount of milk in MacHardie's glass changes between shots when he's alone with Eaton.See more »
Mary St. John:I knew you were going to kiss me today but I didn't know I was going to kiss you back, and it isn't going to happen again, so don't try to get me off alone somewhere.
Alfred Eaton:I think you'd like that.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The Purest Of Soap Opera Slop, 16 June 2014
Author: Dalbert Pringle from New Zealand

Over these many years I have been told, time & again, about what a really great actor Paul Newman was in his heyday.

Well, I have now seen Newman in 6 films that all came from the first decade of his acting career, and, let me tell you, I am not at all impressed. In fact, I'd actually go so far as to say that Newman was one of most over-rated and disappointing, big-name actors from that particular era, bar none.

Set in the year 1946, From The Terrace was yet another star-vehicle of Newman's where I strongly felt that, at 35, he was clearly too old for his part. This time around he played a young soldier returning to his Philadelphia home after the war.

The very minute Newman's character (a spoilt, tormented rich kid named Alfred Eaton) sets foot inside the door of his home the story immediately accelerates into a most tedious and predictable soap opera of non-stop bickering, jealousy and resentment, with a generous dash of infidelity thrown into the mix for good measure.

Everybody in this story seems to either have an axe to grind, or be out for blood, or at one another's throat, ceaselessly.

I, for one, found this 1960 film (with its plodding 145-minute running time) to be a tiresome ordeal which went far beyond anything even reasonably tolerable.

Paul Newman, or not, I would never, ever recommend this bitchy, backstabbing bull to anyone.

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