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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 overview, first billed only:
Sam Bissell
Minerva Bissell
Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
Mr. Burke
Reinhold Shiffner
Robert Q. Lewis ...
Jack Bailey
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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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The phrase "in the middle of the night" is used 8 times, starting 57 minutes into the movie. See more »


When Jen is unpacking her moving van box, she is surprised by her greedy cousins, and drops a large ashtray on the coffee table. A split second later, the ashtray has disappeared and has been replaced by a huge wad of packing paper. See more »


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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Referenced in Newhart: Good Neighbor Sam (1990) See more »


Let Hertz Put You in the Driver's Seat
Lyrics and Music by Richard Adler
Performed by The Hi-Los
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As Mr. Nurdlinger might say, good clean fun!
3 May 2001 | by (East Lansing) – See all my reviews

I also saw this movie as a child, and fell in love with it. I particularly liked the wacky gadgets Sam would build, and the theme song (by Frank De Vol) is very catchy. One time when it was on TV, I was able to make an audio tape of it on this crummy little portable real-to-real tape recorder my dad gave me. I played it so much that I was able to memorize whole lines of dialog - "you can't alter a man's death-bed request with a lot of childish spying and gossip. Now obviously this man and woman are husband and wife, Mr and Mrs Howard Ebbets, and as such, I set the distribution of the Lagerlof will for 9am tomorrow morning. Now good day..."

It's nice to see Mike Connors in a pre-Mannix role, and you can never get enough of Louis Nye. Edward G Robinson does a good job of playing the wealthy dairyman, Mr Nurdlinger. Plus his participation gives the whole production a needed bit of weight. This is the kind of movie they're talking about when they say - "they don't make 'em like that anymore." And I say, it's our loss.

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