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Strangers When We Meet (1960)

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A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street.

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Cast

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Larry Coe
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Margaret 'Maggie' Gault
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Roger Altar
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Eve Coe
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Felix Anders
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Mrs. Wagner
Kent Smith ...
Stanley Baxter
Helen Gallagher ...
Betty Anders
John Bryant ...
Ken Gault
Roberta Shore ...
Linda Harder
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Marcia
Carol Douglas ...
Honey Blonde
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Arthur Gerandi
Ernest Sarracino ...
Frank Di Labbia
Harry Jackson ...
Bud Ramsey
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Storyline

Architect Larry Coe has a wife and family, but becomes embroiled in an affair with beautiful Maggie Gault, a neighbor with her own family. The two lovers are forced to face the choice between love and loyalty. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Heavens and Hells of Marital Infidelity! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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6 October 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Fremde, wenn wir uns begegnen  »

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Trivia

Kim Novak reportedly enjoyed a lot of latitude on the set because she was involved with director Richard Quine and used that latitude to make unsolicited suggestions to various crew members. However, when Novak tried to make suggestions to Kirk Douglas on how he should be acting, he took offense and the result was a chilly relationship between them off-set. See more »

Goofs

When she's getting ready to leave the party at Larry's house, Maggie goes to their bedroom to pick up her coat (all of the partygoers' coats had been laid out there on the bed). There is at least another coat or jacket by the pillow area of the bed when she comes in, but a moment later after she has looked around the bedroom and peeked into their bathroom, when Maggie walks by the bed to leave, the other coat or jacket by the pillow is missing. It is "possible" another guest "could have" have reached in and grabbed it, but it is highly unlikely since Maggie was only in the bedroom for a moment and she was never surprised by anyone coming in and catching her kind of snooping around. See more »

Quotes

[to Maggie]
Larry Coe: You're not so pretty.
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Referenced in Malibu Road (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers When We Meet
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Performed by chorus over main credits
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Hot cars, Hot plot ,and Hot Kim Novak
3 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out in 1960. I loved it then, and I still find it appealing 4 decades later. I was a teenager in the 50's and Kim Novak was the epitome of beauty and sexuality for that era, and she is at her peak in this role. There is so much to say about this movie; Kirt Douglas strong masculine performance, with Novak complimenting him with her subdued, almost melancholy performance. The storyline is simple, Kirt and Kim are both married, but not to each other. Kim is love starved, her husband he a cold individual, who is more interest in open the mail, than opening her blouse, he spurns her attempts at romance at every turn. I can't imagine that happening with a woman like her. I don't know if the director was aware of it at the time, but her husband today would be view as a repressed homosexual,but in the 50's any hint of that was taboo. Kirt has a nice enough wife and 2 children and seems to be somewhat content, but apparently under the surface smothers a restlessness, that I don't think he was even aware of existed. When he sees Kim at a school bus stop where they both drop off their child, he is smitten. He pursues her, she resists in the beginning, but when her husband continues to ignore her, she gives in. The results are a passionate affair resulting in 2 destroyed marriages and the separation from each other. There are a few subplots that keep the story moving but it is Kim and Kirt who set the screen on fire


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