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Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

 -  Comedy  -  22 July 1964 (USA)
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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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Sam Bissell
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Minerva Bissell
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Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
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Mr. Burke
Louis Nye ...
Reinhold Shiffner
Robert Q. Lewis ...
Earl
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Girl
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Irene
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Jack Bailey
Linda Watkins ...
Edna
Peter Hobbs ...
Phil Reisner
Tristram Coffin ...
Sonny Blatchford (as Tris Coffin)
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Larry Boling
Riza Royce ...
Miss Halverson
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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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Leih mir deinen Mann  »

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Trivia

According to Robert Osborne on TCM, this was a film that Jack Lemmon didn't really want to do, but he fulfilled a contract with the studio. And like the previous year's "Under the Yum Yum Tree", this stupefied Lemmon that they were both very successful films. See more »

Goofs

When Sam drives Howard into San Francisco to work he parks next to a 1950 Chevy pick-up truck. Once Howard exits the car the vehicle next to them is a 1958 Chevy station wagon. See more »

Quotes

The Hi-Lo's: [words sung for the Hertz commercial] Let Hertz put you in the drivers seat. Let Hertz take you anywhere at all. By the hour, by the day, by the week or any way, let Hertz put you in the drivers seat... today!
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Begins well, but ends less so
28 April 2010 | by (Los Angeles, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The film begins well with its depiction of 1960s suburbia, the introduction of the Bissell family (including the ducks), the amusing jibes at the advertising industry (including the inaccurate but hilarious depiction of the filming of a Hertz car rental commercial), provides some great performances from all the principals, and from a great supporting cast, such as Edward Andrews, R.Q. Jones, and Neil Hamilton. It has a smart, yet affectionate quality to it. But as the film chugs along, it seems to run out of steam, as the gags keep repeating themselves, and it begins to seem more like a less successful imitation of the popular Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies of the time, and one can begin to understand why Lemmon didn't put this one in the top drawer of his memories.


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