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Love with the Proper Stranger

What are two individualistic, highly motivated movie stars supposed to do when faced with an unimaginative studio system eager to misuse their talents? Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen collaborate with a great writer, director and producer for an urban romance with an eye on the sexual double standard. It’s a hybrid production: a gritty drama that’s also a calculated career move.

Love with the Proper Stranger

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Kl Studio Classics

1963 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date September 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Natalie Wood, Steve McQueen, Edie Adams, Tom Bosley, Herschel Bernardi, Harvey Lembeck, Agusta Ciolli, Nina Varela, Marilyn Chris, Richard Dysart, Arlene Golonka, Tony Mordente, Nobu McCarthy, Richard Mulligan, Vic Tayback, Dyanne Thorne, Val Avery.

Cinematography: Milton Krasner

Film Editor: Aaron Stell

Original Music: Elmer Bernstein

Written by Arnold Schulman

Produced by Alan J. Pakula

Directed by Robert Mulligan

1963’s Love with the Proper Stranger is
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Influential Cult Classic Filmmaker Black Dead at 77: Worked with Perkins, Redgrave, Mitchum

Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson WellesFalstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and
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Steve McQueen TCM Film Festival Friday, August 9

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Steve McQueen and Robert Vaughn in the 1968 blockbuster Bullitt.

On Friday, August 9, Turner Classic Movies (North America) presents a day long tribute to Steve McQueen that extends to the wee small hours of Saturday morning. Films to be screened include The Magnificent Seven, Papillon, Never So Few, Somebody Up There Likes Me, The Reivers, Bullitt, The Cincinnati Kid (followed immediately by the original production featurette for the film), The Honeymoon Machine and Soldier in the Rain. Can you say, "Couch potato time?" Check local listings for times.  
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Book Review: "Steve McQueen: The Actor And His Films"

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By Tom Lisanti

Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films by Andrew Antonaides and Mike Siegel from Dalton Watson Fine Books is one of the finest, most lavish movie books about a single actor that I have ever read. All of iconic superstar Steve McQueen’s films are equally discussed from his classics (The Blob, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, Papillon), to his lesser known earlier movies (Never Love a Stranger, The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery)An Enemy of the People, The Hunter), to his misfires (The Honeymoon Machine, Soldier in the Rain, Baby the Rain Must Fall), to his TV series (Wanted: Dead or Alive). Most coffee table-type movie books that I have encountered are extravagantly- made, featuring glorious photographs, but containing very little substance. However, Steve McQueen
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Joshua Reviews Ralph Nelson’s Soldier In The Rain [Warner Archive DVD Review]

When one thinks of Steve McQueen, the last thing that pops into that person’s mind is the iconic actor acting like a loveable oaf, opposite someone like Jackie Gleason. However, that’s exactly the case when it comes to the underrated gem of a comedy, Soldier In The Rain.

A 1963 film produced by Pink Panther helmer and comedy giant Blake Edwwards, Soldier stars Gleason and McQueen, and is based on the William Goldman novel of the same name. Helmed by Ralph Nelson (best known for films like Requiem For A Heavyweight, also starring Gleason), the film itself is arguably better known for being released during the same week as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but it’s also an absolutely wonderful comedy, that still garners laugh after laugh to this day.

Seeing a proper DVD release thanks to the Warner Archive, Soldier in the Rain follows the friendship
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Soldier in the Rain

Soldier in the Rain is an odd film. It is a buddy-comedy sprinkled with dramatic and romantic elements but that isn’t the odd part. What’s peculiar is the unlikely pairing of Jackie Gleason (The Honeymooners) and Steve McQueen (The Great Escape). These two actors can’t be any more different and their chemistry in this film from 1963 can’t be any more lacking. They both try to click with one another but sadly, they fall pretty short.

Gleason plays the role of MSgt. Maxwell Slaughter, an intelligent career-military man who dabbles in sarcasm. He has a friend in the service, Sgt. Eustis Clay a younger and more ambitious man played by a very goofy McQueen. Together, these two soldiers hatch the occasional idea or scheme in attempts to get rich quick. Through a series of failed schemes which start to irritate Maxwell, Eustis decides to make things right
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Warner Archive Releases "Soldier In The Rain" Starring Steve McQueen And Jackie Gleason

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By Lee Pfeiffer

The Warner Archive, which offers a treasure trove of burn-to-order DVDs for consumers, has made available Soldier in the Rain, the 1963 comedy starring the oddball pairing of Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason as two U.S. Army con men who live the easy life on a military base by swindling virtually everyone they encounter. Gleason is the top sergeant and the brains of the operation, while McQueen, playing against type, is his doofy Gomer Pyle-like right hand man. The two manage to connive their way out of doing any heavy lifting during their work day, and in the evening find ways to seduce impressionable women. The film was not well-reviewed in its day and was considered rather racy, with its abundance of sex jokes. However, I've always found it very enjoyable, even though McQueen is miscast. The centerpiece of the film is really Gleason, who is in
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