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Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.

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Cast

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Sam Bissell
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Minerva Bissell
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Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
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Mr. Burke
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Reinhold Shiffner
Robert Q. Lewis ...
Earl
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Girl
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Irene
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Jack Bailey
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Edna
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Phil Reisner
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Sonny Blatchford (as Tris Coffin)
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Larry Boling
Riza Royce ...
Miss Halverson
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Storyline

Sam Bissel is a wholesome family man with a loving wife, Min, and two loving daughters. They lead a happy suburban life. The only part of Sam's life that he is not happy about is his job as a lowly cog in the art department of the advertising firm of Burke & Hare. Sam's professional life takes a major turn when he is made executive of the Nurdlinger Dairy account. Simon Nurdlinger is a wholesome family man who wants a wholesome family man with wholesome family ideals heading his account, Sam the only one in Burke & Hare that fits the bill. Sam's home life also takes a major turn when Min's college friend, Janet Lagerlof, moves in next door. Janet stands to inherit $15 million from her grandfather's estate, but the will has a clause that she must be happily married to inherit the money. Janet is technically divorced from Howard Ebbets, and states that getting back with Howard is not worth $15 million. But when Jack Bailey and Irene Krump - two of Janet's relatives who would like to ... Written by Huggo

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Slam! Bam! Here comes Sam!...Caught in the Middle of a Two-Woman Jam!

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22 July 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The Burke and Hare reference is also a self-referencial in-joke by Jack Finney who wrote GOOD NEIGHBOR SAM and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. See more »

Goofs

In the movie photographers take candid pictures of people for ads, and even use them without the subjects' knowledge or approval. By law, the subjects would have to sign a model release before the pictures could be used for commercial purposes. See more »

Quotes

Edna: [referring to Sam's backyard sculpture] Like it? What the hell *is* it?
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Connections

Referenced in Petticoat Junction: The Baffling Raffle (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Hertz Put You in the Driver's Seat
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Lyrics and Music by Richard Adler
Performed by The Hi-Los
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Jack Lemmon in top form:
2 March 2002 | by (Lake Butler, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon stands at the top of his profession when it comes to comedy. No other actor has his sense of timing or expressive manners to offer competition to the master. "Good Neighbor Sam" is Lemmon at his best. Playing the average guy next door who gets into all kinds of problems through mostly no fault of his own. Everyone will enjoy this movie and the other Lemmon films similar to it. I rated this a 7.


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