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Director:
Writers:
Evan Hunter (screenplay)
Evan Hunter (novel)
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Release Date:
6 October 1960 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"I LOVE YOU BABY, BUT MY WIFE JUST REFUSES TO UNDERSTAND!" See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Well-acted Tale of Infidelity and Desire See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Larry Coe

Kim Novak ... Margaret 'Maggie' Gault

Ernie Kovacs ... Roger Altar

Barbara Rush ... Eve Coe

Walter Matthau ... Felix Anders

Virginia Bruce ... Mrs. Wagner
Kent Smith ... Stanley Baxter
Helen Gallagher ... Betty Anders
John Bryant ... Ken Gault
Roberta Shore ... Linda Harder

Nancy Kovack ... Marcia
Carol Douglas ... Honey Blonde

Paul Picerni ... Arthur Gerandi
Ernest Sarracino ... Frank Di Labbia
Harry Jackson ... Bud Ramsey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Anthony ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ruth Batchelor ... Waitress (uncredited)
Mark Beckstrom ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ernie Chavez ... Chavez (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter at Romanoff's (uncredited)
Lorraine Crawford ... Redhead (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Charlie (uncredited)

Sheryl Deauville ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Ray Ferrell ... David Coe (uncredited)
Sharyn Gibbs ... Girl at Beach (uncredited)
Douglas Holmes ... Peter Coe (uncredited)
Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Mrs. Gerandi (uncredited)
Judy Lang ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Sue Ane Langdon ... Daphne (uncredited)
Cynthia Leighton ... Mrs. Ramsey (uncredited)
Timmy Molina ... Patrick Gault (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Diner in Booth (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bart Patton ... Hank (uncredited)

Michael Romanoff ... Prince Romanoff (uncredited)
Robert Sampson ... Bucky - Truckdriver (uncredited)
Audrey Swanson ... Mrs. Baxter (uncredited)
Charles Victor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Richard Quine 
 
Writing credits
Evan Hunter (screenplay)

Evan Hunter (novel)

Produced by
Richard Quine .... producer
Kirk Douglas .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Carl Anderson .... house designer
Ross Bellah .... house designer
K.B. Wamsley .... contractor
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... recording supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Emil Oster .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Tom Quine .... assistant to producer (as Thomas Quine)
 

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Runtime:
117 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
Continuity: When Larry is going in to grocery store he takes a cart and pushes it over to Felix But when he starts talking to Felix he has no cart and he does not retrieve it when he leaves Felix to enter store.See more »
Quotes:
[to Maggie]
Larry Coe:You're not so pretty.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in El crack dos (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
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45 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Well-acted Tale of Infidelity and Desire, 28 October 2001
Author: bjorkfan from Los Angeles, CA

I've seen much commentary depicting this film as little more than a soap. If the themes of marital infidelity and dissatisfaction are soap-operish, then I guess it is.

That said, I want to add that the subject matter is handled quite delicately and skillfully by all involved. Kirk Douglas is good as the architect who finds himself attracted to his new neighbor. He delivers the dialogue quite well, not falling into the easy trap of overacting. The only dissatisfaction may come with the Ernie Kovacs subplot, but that is so minor, it barely registers. More lasting are the scenes between Douglas and Kim Novak. One scene in particular, when they find themselves together at the beach discussing his wife, is particularly poignant.

The film belongs to Kim Novak, however, as the housewife who has the affair with Douglas. She is heart-breakingly good in this movie. Joshua Logan, director of "Picnic", once said that Novak wore her beauty like a 'crown of thorns' and that quality is on full display in SWWM. A natural desire for love and affection come through wonderfully, and her subtle style of acting is pitch perfect. Her best moment comes when she is talking to her husband - in effect trying to seduce him. The moment could come off hokey or overdone, but Novak doesn't miss a beat. She is neither crass nor coy. The desire is honest and heartfelt, and one senses real pain at her rejection.

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