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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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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 »
Anachronisms: There's an establishing shot of the mill which shows a '59 Impala and some other late 50's cars.See more »
Alexander 'Lex' Porter:Can I ask you a corny question?
Alfred Eaton:If you don't mind me giving you a corny answer.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Jump Off The Terrace, 9 February 2008
Author: irajoelirajoel from United States

Yes this is a perfectly awful late 50's movie but I watched the mess until its unbelievable ending. The film is flawed for me from the start with the period set in the late 1940's but hey look its really 1960. The clothes, hairstyles and decor are wrong and annoying for the period that the film is suppose to be set in. I know that this was the general practice of Hollywood in the 50's and 60's and it always bothers me. The film was based on a long novel by John O'Hara, which happily I never read, and the film clocking in at 2 1/2 hours is a bore and a chore. Badly directed by Mark Robson who early in his career directed some nice B movies for Val Lewton but who went on to make such schlocky as Peyton Place and Valley Of The Dolls. This one is no better. It has lots of gloss and smooth hard edges, and its always a joy to see Joanne Woodward who sinks her teeth into the role of Newman's slutty wife and is the real villain of the piece and looks great in all those fabulous late 50's Travilla's gowns and frocks. Newman basically sleep walks through the film wearing a bad hair piece and looking like he would rather be anywhere but here. The film as an able supporting cast including George Grizzard actually quite convincing playing a heterosexual sex hound, An underused Myrna Loy, the very good Ina Balin, and Ted de Corsia as her father who is cast against the type of character he usually played. Look for a bit by the great silent screen star Mae Marsh as the governess. See it if you must.

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