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East Side, West Side (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 21 July 1950 (Australia)
A vain businessman puts strains on his happy marriage to a rich, beautiful socialite by allowing himself be be seduced by a former girlfriend.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Marcia Davenport (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Jessie Bourne
James Mason ... Brandon Bourne
Van Heflin ... Mark Dwyer
Ava Gardner ... Isabel Lorrison
Cyd Charisse ... Rosa Senta
Nancy Reagan ... Helen Lee (as Nancy Davis)
Gale Sondergaard ... Nora Kernan
William Conrad ... Police Lt. Jake Jacobi
Raymond Greenleaf ... Horace Elcott Howland
Douglas Kennedy ... Alec Dawning
Beverly Michaels ... Felice Backett
William Frawley ... Bill the Bartender
Lisa Golm ... Josephine - Maid
Tom Powers ... Owen Lee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Howard Jane Howard ... Model
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Storyline

Brandon and Jessie Bourne have a long, apparently happy marriage. Several years earlier Brandon had had an affair with a younger woman, Isabel Lorrison, who's now returned to New York intending to re-kindle the relationship. Meanwhile, Jessie is attracted to Mark Dwyer, a former policeman-turned-writer just arrived from a secret mission in Italy. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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I was married to a man other women pursued!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Verlorenes Spiel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,754,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,518,000, 31 December 1949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,540,000, 31 December 1949
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Beverly Michaels who portrays Felice Backett is the wife of Academy Award winning screenplay writer Russell Rouse and the mother of Academy Award winning film editor Christopher Rouse. See more »

Goofs

When Isabel takes Brandon back to her apartment after unexpectedly popping into his office, one can hear her putting ice into glasses as she fixes drinks. But subsequently no ice is seen in either of their glasses. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jessie Bourne: Yes, this is my town. It's not new to you. You're read books about it. You've seen it in movies. People are always talking about New York. It's the most exciting city in the world, they say. The most glamorous, the most frightening and, above all, the fastest. You hear a great deal about the tempo of this city, it's speed, it's pace, it's driving heartbeat. Perhaps, it's true - for visitors. But, I was born here. I live here. And the only pace I know is the pace of my own life. The...
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References The Seventh Victim (1943) See more »

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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Chic, Filled With Stars At Their Most Glamorous; Yet Pedestrian
17 July 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Can someone respond to let me know why the name "Lorrison" was featured in so many movies around this time? I have never heard of a person in real life with that name; yet it pops up over and over. And here, the character played by Ava Gardner is never referred to is Isabel but always, always, by both names.

I first saw this movie on TV as a teenager and assumed that life in Manhattan would be like this, just as thought the publishing world would be as it's portrayed in "The Best of Everything."

This has very chic settings -- the East side locations much more believable than the brief excursion into the West side area ostensibly the scene of Heflin -- and Stanwkyck's -- childhood.

The acting is good. The plot is engaging. Decent lines. The direction, though, is very static. All the style comes from the presumably Sutton Place location and the elegant interiors and from the fabulous cast of real movie stars, with James Mason a suave cad prefiguring his brilliant Humbert Humbert a bit more than a decade later.

Gale Sondergaard is amusing as Stanwyck's elderly mother. At one point, she says, "I'm 55 years old." Interesting, as in real life she was only eight years older than Stanwyck, who was 42 when this came out.

Still and all, this movie has stuck in my head for many years as the epitome of chic. The actors are all plausible as socialites, and Gardner is properly gorgeous and evil as a (very) beautiful girl who's hustled her way over from the wrong side of the tracks.

It's fun, but it could have been really great, given the performers, the original author and the screenwriter.


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