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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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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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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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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 "old fashioned grandmother" drives the children to camp in a 1963 Corvette hardtop roadster. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Janet and Howard kiss, the sound of a motor-driven still camera can be heard (taking promotional photos for the film). 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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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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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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