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No Down Payment (1957)

Approved | | Drama | 30 October 1957 (USA)
In California, four couples who have bought homes and are neighbors face money problems, alcoholism, racism, promiscuity, and discrimination against lack of education, until a tragic event forces them to reassess their lives.


Martin Ritt


Philip Yordan (screenplay), John McPartland (from the novel by)
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Joanne Woodward ... Leola Boone
Sheree North ... Isabelle Flagg
Tony Randall ... Jerry Flagg
Jeffrey Hunter ... David Martin
Cameron Mitchell ... Troy Boone
Patricia Owens ... Jean Martin
Barbara Rush ... Betty Kreitzer
Pat Hingle ... Herman Kreitzer
Robert H. Harris ... Markham (as Robert Harris)
Aki Aleong ... Iko
Jim Hayward Jim Hayward ... Mr. Burnett


The marital difficulties of four couples living in a southern California housing development become intertwined. Among the unhappy couples are ne'er-do-well Jerry Flagg and his long-suffering wife Isabelle, flirtatious Leola Boone and her sadistic husband Troy, hard working Herman Kreitzer and his understanding wife Betty, and newlyweds Jean and David Martin. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Among the ensemble cast are ex-spouses Jeffrey Hunter and Barbara Rush, who both portray married characters, but not married to each other. See more »


Troy Boone: You better get hep to yourself, mister.
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The Drive-In Rock
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Carroll Coates
[The song first played and danced to at the Flaggs' dinner party, then played later when Troy rushes home after finding out about the Police Chief job]
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For grownups
12 June 2018 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

This 20th Century Fox expose of "the good life" in the suburbs wasn't seen by anybody much in 1957, and it's easy to see why: It probes convincingly deep into the less pleasant aspects of this clean, all-white subculture, and suburban moviegoers probably didn't want to see their worst aspects on screen, and urban audiences didn't care. Early Martin Ritt, and typically thorough of him, it explores prejudice, sexism, alcoholism, war veterans with what would now be diagnosed as PTSD, and capitalism's way of trapping young families in debt. The wide-screen black-and-white cinematography is clean and alluring, and all eight principals do well--Sheree North, groomed by 20th to be a threat to Monroe, proves once again that they didn't really give her enough chances to show what she could do. The shiny surfaces and flattering clothes and powerful cars all illustrate that "good life," and show what's wrong with it. And in comprehensively exploring the roots and hypocrisies and effects of racism at the time, it's a good deal braver than many contemporary films.

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30 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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$995,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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