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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Minerva Bissell
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Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
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Mr. Burke
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Earl
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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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One of or if not the first demonstration of Velcro in a movie. Sam's wife has velcro on her apron she's wearing in the kitchen that holds the oven mitts to it. The producers of the film make sure you hear the distinctive ripping sound of the velcro as she peels off the oven mitts. See more »

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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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Referenced in Cheers: Bad Neighbor Sam (1990) See more »

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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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