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Separate Tables (1958)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1959 (France)
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The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables."

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Complete credited cast:
... Sibyl Railton-Bell
... Ann Shankland
... Major Angus Pollock
... Pat Cooper
... John Malcolm
... Mrs. Railton-Bell
... Lady Matheson
... Mr. Fowler
... Charles
... Jean
... Miss Meacham
... Doreen
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It's the off-season at the lonely Beauregard Hotel in Bournemoth, and only the long-term tenants are still in residence. Life at the Beauregard is stirred up, however, when the beautiful Ann Shankland arrives to see her alcoholic ex-husband, John Malcolm, who is secretly engaged to Pat Cooper, the woman who runs the hotel. Meanwhile, snobbish Mrs Railton-Bell discovers that the kindly if rather doddering Major Pollock is not what he appears to be. The news is particularly shocking for her frail daughter, Sibyl, who is secretly in love with the Major. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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$7,400,000
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(Westrex Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Director Delbert Mann was so upset over producer/star Burt Lancaster's re-cutting of the picture that he severed his relationship with the company. According to Mann, it was done because Lancaster's character is the last of the four major protagonists to be introduced. See more »

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When Major Pollock is handed the newspaper in the last scene of the movie, it is folded in half in one shot but folded in fourths in another - the evidence being the picture on the back 'half' being upright. In reality, if in half the picture would be upside down. See more »

Quotes

John Malcolm: Is this your year for looking up old husbands?
Ann Shankland: Only the special ones.
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Version of Separate Tables (1983) See more »

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Separate Tables
(1958)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Vic Damone (uncredited)
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Intriguing and well-written drama
11 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film came highly recommended to me by my parents, so I was anxious to watch it. Again, I realized that my impression of Burt Lancaster is completely different from what he actually is as an actor. His portrayal of an alcoholic man who gets a visit from his ex-wife (Hayworth) at the hotel he resides is again different from the boisterous, oafish guy that I always believed him to be when I was younger. Also at the hotel are a varied group of characters – including an oppressive woman who lords over her timid spinster daughter (Kerr) and a retired Army officer with some secrets, (Niven) who are all taken care of by the distant, yet sincere proprietress, Pat Cooper (the amazing Wendy Hiller). The film encompasses all of their separate plot lines, and interweaves them gradually until the climatic ending. There was no action in this film, just wonderful, straight melodrama and some great writing and acting. A year later, Lancaster and Hecht, the producers behind this film, went on to produce `Sweet Smell of Success', which is infinitely more searing and dark, but it was interesting to see the precursor to that film. I recommend this film for anyone who appreciates solid classic melodramas.

--Shelly


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