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Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 December 1963 (USA)
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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Barbie
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Dominick Rossini
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Beetie
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Julio Rossini
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Elio Papasano
Penny Santon ...
Mama Rossini
Elena Karam ...
The Woman
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Anna
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Mrs. Columbo
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Guido Rossini
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Gina
Augusta Ciolli ...
Mrs. Papasano
Wolfe Barzell ...
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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 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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For every girl who ever fell for the kind of the guy who doesn't want to get married... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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25 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Desliz de una noche  »

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Natalie Wood said that working on Love with the Proper Stranger was "the most rewarding experience I had in all films, all the way around." See more »

Goofs

At the musicians' meeting, Joe (the music venue booker) wears glasses in the long shot. His glasses come on and off in the close up when he talks with Rocky. See more »

Quotes

Angie Rossini: Do you want to get married?
Rocky Papasano: I said I would didn't I?
Angie Rossini: That's not what I asked.
Rocky Papasano: Who wants to get married?
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Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

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Love with the proper stranger
by Johnny Mercer and Elmer Bernstein
Sings: Jack Jones
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Charming and brilliant
4 March 2004 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Watching this film today, it's easy to forget how daring it was for its day (1963) -focusing on an illegal abortion.

It's also an fascinating mix of conventional romantic comedy mixed with real grit and passion - and the fact it starts off as unconventional as possible; girl meets boy, girl gets pregnant, girl and boy try to organise an abortion

  • and THEN girl and boy fall in love.




Natalie Wood was often miscast throughout her career - her dark beauty was used to try and pull of Nat as Hispanic, Nat as half-black, Nat as Mexican. In this film she's cast as Italian, and pulls it off perfectly. This could possibly be her greatest performance (alongside Splendor in the Grass and The Cracker Factory). She received an Academy Award nomination for this film. She gives such a natural performance (usually she's more self-conscious on film) - she is such a joy to watch and absolutely stunning.

Steve McQueen is at his most charming - usually he is playing the hero of an action film, so its great to see him display tenderness. Wood and McQueen have such great chemistry, its a shame this was their only film together.

Added to the mega-watt performances is the beautiful black and white cinematography and the NYC location shooting. A great film. Completely underrated.


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