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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.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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John McPartland's Explosive Novel That Tell-Tales on Young Married America! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Jerry Flagg: I couldn't come home. I was feeling so punk.
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Connections

Featured in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Drive-In Rock
(uncredited)
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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Scary truths for the 1950's
1 June 2004 | by laurabethbachmanSee all my reviews

I caught this movie at a film festival at UCLA this week-end. It was excellent. Great screen play and acting. I almost didn't recognize Tony Randall as his nose is suspiciously larger than it seems in later films. Unlike the reviewer who felt this was essentially a "Soap Opera" that was well acted, I think that this film had an obvious dark side. It wasn't just the telling of the business of others, it was the unveiling of the dark underbelly of suburban life. Not for the sake of entertainment, but for the sake of exposure. This movie reminded me a lot of a William Inge play. An expose more-so than a side show. I loved it much more than I expected to.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Down Payment See more »

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Budget:

$995,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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