The stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel in Bournemouth which features dining at "Separate Tables."

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (screenplay), John Gay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Sibyl Railton-Bell
Rita Hayworth ... Ann Shankland
David Niven ... Major Angus Pollock
Wendy Hiller ... Pat Cooper
Burt Lancaster ... John Malcolm
Gladys Cooper ... Mrs. Railton-Bell
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Lady Matheson
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Fowler
Rod Taylor ... Charles
Audrey Dalton ... Jean
May Hallatt ... Miss Meacham
Priscilla Morgan ... Doreen
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Separate Tables" by Terence Rattigan opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on October 25, 1956, ran for 332 performances and was nominated for the 1957 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. May Hallatt recreated her stage role in the movie version. See more »

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The same story headline can be seen in two days' editions of the Hampshire newspaper that reports the court case of Niven's character. See more »

Quotes

Ann Shankland: You're making it a bit too obvious, you know, that you hate the very sight of me.
John Malcolm: The very sight of you is perhaps the one thing about you I don't hate.
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Alternate Versions

Delbert Mann did not want the song in the opening titles, and he discovered an old British print that included David Raksin's main title rather than the song, as he had wanted it, being used in a film festival. See more »

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Version of Separate Tables (1974) 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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Comfort Film
27 February 2018 | by martindonovanitalySee all my reviews

I don't know why, sometimes I think it may have to do with previous lives, otherwise why do I feel so comfortable within the discomforts of this English seaside hotel. But the fact is that, often, I want to put it on and sit at one of the tables myself. I believe that Terence Rattigan is the main reason. What a wonderful writer. Then, Gladys Cooper of course, how can such a perfidious mother be such a pleasure to watch? Maybe is that explosive combination of Rattigan/Cooper. Wendy Hiller in one of her few meaty roles in movies, she won an Oscar for it and every nuance, every look is worth pages and pages of exposition. Exquisite. Cathleen Nesbitt is a joy to behold. Deborah Kerr, David Niven who also won the Oscar for his sad impostor, Burt Lancaster and Rita Hayworth bring a dash of Hollywood to the grayness of Bournemouth. Okay, now, dinner is served. Don't let it get cold.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1959 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,400,000
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Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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