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40 Carats (1973)

Forty year old Norwegian-American divorcée Ann Stanley owns her own Manhattan based real estate agency specializing in upscale Manhattan apartments. She lives with her seventeen year old ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Margie Margolin
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Forty year old Norwegian-American divorcée Ann Stanley owns her own Manhattan based real estate agency specializing in upscale Manhattan apartments. She lives with her seventeen year old daughter Trina Stanley, and her mother, Maud Ericson, who acts more the teenager than Trina. Largely because of her uptight and regimented attitude, Ann has had no love in her life since divorcing her ex-husband, character actor Billy Boylan, an irresponsible man who she still loves as a friend and who she sees whenever he is in town between acting jobs and whenever he needs money from her. Ann's uptight attitude seems to have softened slightly ever since returning from a trip to Greece with Maud. What she has not told anyone is that her softened attitude is from a romantic one night only liaison with a young American man she met by happenstance by an out of the way Greek beach, he who tried to get her to be more carefree, if only for that one night. Purely by coincidence, she meets that man again in ... Written by Huggo

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She's a divorcee. She's forty. She's engaged... to a younger man. See more »

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6 December 1973 (Finland)  »

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40 karat  »

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Julie Harris won the Tony Award for Best Actress in 1969 for her role as Ann Stanley in the Broadway play, played here by Liv Ullmann. Zsa Zsa Gabor succeeded Harris on Broadway on 6th July 1970. See more »

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During the first meeting between Peter and Ann, there is a comment that they are alone on the beach/ coast. However, another person can be seen in the background at what could be an archaeological dig. See more »

Quotes

[Mrs. Adams is looking at the apartment listings]
Mrs. Adams: This one here that's not too bad. 1080 Park Avenue. What's the cross street?
Margie Margolin: 88th Street.
Mrs. Adams: Oh no, that's too far uptown. Couldn't you give me the same apartment in the 60's?
Margie Margolin: No. It's attached to the building.
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References The Hustler (1961) See more »

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In Every Corner of the World
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
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Dated and miscast, but sweet
23 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After all that sturm und drang for Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann tackled a comedy, Forty Carats, based on the hit Broadway play. It originally starred Julie Harris (succeeded by June Allyson, Joan Fontaine and Zsa Zsa Gabor), with Gretchen Corbett as her daughter, and Glenda Farrell as her mother. It later became a summer stock vehicle for actresses such as Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, June Lockhart, and others.

Forty year old Norwegian-American divorcée Ann Stanley (Ullmann) is a successful real estate broker. She lives with her mother (Binnie Barnes) and her daughter (Deborah Raffin). Ann's ex-husband is an actor, Billy Boylan (Gene Kelly) and she hasn't had any romance since their breakup.

While in Greece, she meets a 22-year-old young man, Peter Latham (Edward Albert) and the two sleep together on the beach one night. Embarrassed, Ann leaves without saying goodbye. When she meets him again in New York, he still wants to be with her.

Ann is not able to deal with the age difference, and her mother wants her to take up with a wealthy southerner who is after her, J.D. Rogers.

When it was to be directed by William Wyler, many top stars, such as Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, were up for the role. For me, Liv Ullmann, as likable, lovely, and beautiful as she is here, was not quite right for this role. For one thing, I had trouble understanding her English. For another, she is not adept at comedy. They say a great comedian can do drama but not vice versa.

Also, there was not much chemistry between Ullmann and Albert. Both he and Deborah Raffin died too young. Albert only a year after his father. He is very good and at the peak of his career here. The stunning Deborah Raffin is a good Trina. This was Binnie Barnes' last film, and she and Raffin played well off one another.

Gene Kelly was over the top. I think this could have been directed with a stronger hand.

Nowadays, 40-year-old women sometimes do date younger men so it's not such a big deal, and Ullmann looked like 40-year-olds look today, meaning she looked younger than what we used to think of as 40.

This is a sweet film about the heart wanting what the heart wants, and that love can sneak up on you when you least expect it under less than ideal conditions.


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