A struggling author and his wife suddenly become wealthy and move to the suburbs. Divorced neighbor and "companion" aid marital misconstrual which almost culminates in a divorce.

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Bill Austin (Van Johnson) is a struggling author, working and living in a "slum flat" on W. 87th St. in NY with his wife and daughter, Bertie and Julie. Bertie (Janet Leigh) works as a dental assistant, until Bill's novel can get published and Julie (Claire Wilcox) is seven and 3/4 and does not like any of her food to touch. They are very happy (even though Bill does not realize it.) All of a sudden, Bill's agent, Lucinda Ford (Martha Hyers) takes Bill's novel viral: there a prestigious publishing house, a Broadway play and a Hollywood studio interested in Bill's novel. Success goes straight to Bill's head; Bertie is the same level-headed, unpretentious gal she always was. They move to a lovely house in So. Connecticut where their neighbours are the lively ex-wife of a Hollywood star, Fran Cabrell (Shelley Winters) and her "companion," the occupant of her guest house, Wylie Driberg (Ray Walston). They try to show Bertie the ropes of being on the fringes of a "hit" personality and they... Written by LA-Lawyer

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4 October 1963 (West Germany)  »

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Although the title inspired Burt Bacharach and Hal David's same-named hit song for Jack Jones the same year, the tune is never heard in the movie either as a vocal or instrumental. See more »

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Wives and Lovers
5 January 2003 | by (America) – See all my reviews

A family fun classical movie for the whole family. I am that I have this movie to add to my own personal video library. It's a real winner! The cast is outstanding and fun to watch. Shows how families were during the 1950's


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