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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Bissell
Minerva Bissell
Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
Mr. Burke
Louis Nye ...
Reinhold Shiffner
Robert Q. Lewis ...
Jack Bailey
Linda Watkins ...
Peter Hobbs ...
Phil Reisner
Sonny Blatchford (as Tris Coffin)
Larry Boling
Riza Royce ...
Miss Halverson


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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Release Date:

22 July 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leih mir deinen Mann  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The name of the advertising firm for which Sam Bissel works, Burke & Hare, is clearly a reference to William Burke and William Hare, two Irish laborers living in 18th century Edinburgh, Scotland who became notorious as history's most famous "body snatchers" who, until they were discovered by the British authorities, killed at least 15 travelers and then sold their corpses to medical schools for dissection. See more »


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 »


Hertz Commercial Man: [after finally being lowered into convertible] Man, that's *real* coffee!
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A classic that should have been a winner
12 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie back in 1964 when it first came out. Although I was 9 at the time, this movie is one of my all time greats. Why? Great plot, absolute entertainment, no violence, classic spoof and shtick, spy props, the amazing back yard invention, back scene production of the "Let Hertz put you in the driver's seat", (do you remember the TV ad?), John Q. Lewis and the gorgeous Dorothy Provine, one of my all time greats.

This is so full of fun humor. There should be a remake with Steve Martin and Carmen Electra.

One more important aspect is the sixties clothes, cars, homes, furnishings, and style. This is pure entertainment.

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