Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 December 1963 (USA)
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Angie Rossini is an innocent (Italian Catholic) Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herschel Bernardi ...
Dominick Rossini
Anne Hegira ...
Julio Rossini
Mario Badolati ...
Elio Papasano
Penny Santon ...
Mama Rossini
Elena Karam ...
The Woman
Virginia Vincent ...
Nina Varela ...
Mrs. Columbo
E. Nick Alexander ...
Guido Rossini
Augusta Ciolli ...
Mrs. Papasano
Wolfe Barzell ...
The Priest


Angie Rossini is an innocent (Italian Catholic) Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to tell him she's pregnant and needs a doctor for an abortion. He finds her a doctor and they work together to raise the money. Can these two strangers find love with one another before it's too late? Written by Kelly

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Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desliz de una noche  »

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1.85 : 1
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Tom Bosley's movie debut. See more »


When Rocky is lying down on Barbie's bed after she has left to sit at the kitchen table, only the second and third buttons on Rocky's shirt are done up, his shirt not tucked into his pants. In the next shot when he is about to get up, the second, third and fourth buttons on the shirt are done up, the shirt still not tucked into his pants. In the next shot as Rocky is now off the bed, all but the top button on his shirt are done up, the front of his shirt now tucked into his pants. See more »


Rocky Papasano: Lets face it, you ever look at a married man - Prisoner of Zenda!
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References The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »


Love with the proper stranger
by Johnny Mercer and Elmer Bernstein
Sings: Jack Jones
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One of Steve McQueen's Best!
21 October 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This has always been one of my absolute favorite movies! Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood were perfectly suited for each other. She played brave Angie Rossini wonderfully - trying so hard to break away from her protective Italian-American family, trying to be strong and capable in the face of such a difficult situation, trying not to show how scared she really is.

But Steve McQueen is the real sweet part of this couple. He is corrupt and funny and unsuspectedly tender and responsible and caring. It should be noted for the fact that it marked his departure from the anti-hero roles that he specialized in (and excelled in). This wasn't an action movie but it was one of Steve's absolute best performances. She was nominated for an Academy Award and deservedly so but he was overlooked and that is criminal!

Can you tell that I love this movie?? Well, I do!

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