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Once Is Not Enough (1975)

A young woman goes home to New York after a long stay in Europe. Her former schoolmate introduces her to the decadence of New York and she ultimately falls in love with an older man who's a stand-in for her father, before tragedy strikes.

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Mike Wayne
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Hugh Robertson
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January Wayne, the sheltered, much-loved daughter of a formerly successful Hollywood producer, goes home to New York after a lengthy stint in a Swiss hospital. Mike Wayne has fallen on hard times and decides to marry for money. January is an innocent young woman who searches for her place in the world. Pursued by her rich new stepmother's playboy of a cousin, she instead falls hard for a much older man, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who's a surrogate for her father, before tragedy strikes.

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The Husband for sale - bought for $3 million. The Daughter - a virgin eager to make up for lost time. The Novelist who couldn't live the fantasies he wrote about. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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20 June 1975 (USA)  »

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Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough  »

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The movie, and the novel it was based on, was famous for containing fictionalized portraits of real people, including heiress Barbara Hutton (Alexis Smith), "Cosmopolitan" editor and author Helen Gurley Brown (Brenda Vaccaro), reclusive actress Greta Garbo (Melina Mercouri), and author Norman Mailer (David Janssen). Fans disagree on the model for the Kirk Douglas character, some even claiming he was based on this film's producer, Howard W. Koch. See more »

Quotes

Tom Colt: [talking about January's feelings for her father] I've always had a hunch I was just a replacement.
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Referenced in Isn't She Great (2000) See more »

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All The Way
by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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I miss this terrific film
30 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I haven't seen this in a while, and miss this rarely seen pic, which deserves a cult following. Deborah Raffin is outstanding as a gorgeous young girl with strange feelings for her Dad. She gets involved with an unhappy alcoholic writer, played by David Janssen. Brenda Vaccaro is outstanding as her beautiful but embittered friend who is desperate for a man. And Melinda Mercouri is memorable as a lovely lesbian. They knew they were making a piece of trash here, and it is well worth your time. Good job. I esp. like those corny singers at the end of the film which seem to have stepped out of a 1960s movie!Deborah is good and she is fortunate to have such a great ensemble cast to support her. Enjoy!


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