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Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 October 1960 (West Germany)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Larry Coe
Margaret 'Maggie' Gault
Roger Altar
Eve Coe
Felix Anders
Mrs. Wagner
Kent Smith ...
Stanley Baxter
Helen Gallagher ...
Betty Anders
John Bryant ...
Ken Gault
Roberta Shore ...
Linda Harder
Carol Douglas ...
Honey Blonde
Arthur Gerandi
Ernest Sarracino ...
Frank Di Labbia
Harry Jackson ...
Bud Ramsey


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 <>

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Release Date:

6 October 1960 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Fremde, wenn wir uns begegnen  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


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 »


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 »


Strangers When We Meet
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Performed by chorus over main credits
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Moving Lovestory
5 October 2000 | by (Munich, Germany) – See all my reviews

I was rather surprised when I saw this love story. I found it very moving, serene and very inspired in all aspects. The perfect balance between main plot (the relationship of Douglas and Novak) and substories (writer, Douglas' wife, neighbours) is amazing. The culmination of the film is the final scene in the recently finished house that architect Douglas has designed. A very big bravo for Novak and Douglas performances, two (still) living legends. If there were only films like this in the cinemas now...

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