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Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 6 October 1960 (West Germany)
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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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
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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
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Frank Di Labbia
Harry Jackson ...
Bud Ramsey
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Storyline

The awarded architect Larry Coe lives a boring marriage with his wife Eve Coe and their two young sons in the suburb. Larry is designing and constructing an unique house to the successful writer Roger Altar (Ernie Kovacs) on the top of a hill. Margaret 'Maggie' Gault is a sexy blond sexually neglected by her husband Ken Gault that lives in the same neighborhood and they have a young son. When Larry meets Maggie at the bus stop of the school bus, he unsuccessfully hits on her. But soon they encounter each other again and they have a love affair. They fall in love with each other, but when their despicable neighbor Felix Anders discovers their affair, they have to decide between loyalty and respect to their families or love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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SOMEONE ELSE'S HUSBAND AND SOMEONE ELSE'S WIFE...! (original print ad - all caps) 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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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

In the kitchen scene where Larry and his wife tell their young son Peter to never-mind about "S-E-X" and to drink his milk, the boy drinks the glass of milk to about 2/3 empty. After the camera cuts away and returns, the glass of milk appears almost full and untouched. See more »

Quotes

Larry Coe: There's so much to say and yet there's nothing.
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Referenced in El crack dos (1983) See more »

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Strangers When We Meet
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Performed by chorus over main credits
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A fine post-50's suburban potboiler
1 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

If viewed from the morality of the period, this is actually quite a good movie. It attempted to tell a story about and comment on American family life, particularly on repressed desires and wedded relationships in the suburbs just before the "swinging 60's" exploded. Hearing Walter Matthau sum up his marital role as merely being considered "furniture in his own home" speaks volumes about what this film is about. Kim Novak is the sexy wife and mother to one family. Living down the manicured street is Kirk Douglas, the virile husband and dad in another - both living their lives against the backdrop of 1950's-60's morality. You do the math...

Is it worthy of awards? No. Is the conflict entertaining? You bet! Definitely worth a look to those who like films from this era.


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