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That Kind of Woman (1959)

In 1944, on a Miami to New York train, two paratroopers on furlough meet and fall in love with two 'kept women' who are on their way to meet their 'sugar-daddies'.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Robert Lowry (story), Walter Bernstein (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Kay
Tab Hunter ... Red
Jack Warden ... George Kelly
Barbara Nichols ... Jane
Keenan Wynn ... Harry Corwin
George Sanders ... A.L.
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Storyline

In June 1944, Kay and Jane travel on an overnight train from Miami to New York, accompanied by Harry. Kay is the mistress of "The Man", a rich industrialist, whom they are to meet so that they can help entertain an important general. Red, a young paratrooper on leave, picks up Kay in the club car, while his buddy Kelly goes off with Jane. Kay assumes she will not see Red again, but Jane gives Kelly their New York address. Kay is smitten with Red as they spend the day in New York, and Red invites her to meet him on the evening train to visit his family. Written by Will Gilbert

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Taglines:

He knew what she was - but he wanted her anyway.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Feminine Touch See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Red was born on August 14, 1920. See more »

Goofs

During the scene at a fancy restaurant, menus seen in at least two different shots are clearly the unmistakable design of those used by Sardi's, even though the restaurant is clearly not that famous Broadway eatery. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry Corwin: So glad you could make it, doll. So glad you could make it.
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Althea Gibson (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Got Spurs That) Jingle Jangle Jingle
(uncredited)
Words by Frank Loesser and music by Joseph J. Lilley
Heard in the railroad buffet car
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Unlikely coupling sparkles on screen
13 March 2006 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

Sophia Loren and Barbara Nichols as best buddies ? Tab Hunter and Sophia as a couple ? You have to admit it has a ring of absurdity about it and yet not only does it work, it works quite magically in this modest, extremely winning film.

From its earliest days the movie industry plucked from obscurity those blessed with good looks, thrusting them to instant stardom. Besides their physical attributes, some had an innate ability to act, others were coached and with time learned their craft, while many simply never quite got the hang of it. Sophia Loren clearly belongs to those for whom acting came as natural as did her beauty. "That Kind of Woman" was made in the period of her first English language films. By this time she had an easy command of the language and complete command as a starring screen presence.

From his earlier films it's pretty evident that Tab Hunter did not quite possess an innate acting ability, although he certainly deserves full marks for effort. However, after seven years in the business he had acquired some skills and under Sidney Lumet's direction he delivers an excellent performance. It's nicely underplayed, combining just the right balance of strength and vulnerability. He was also in the prime of his legendary handsomeness.

The success of screen romances is largely based on chemistry. From their very first scene together, there's a surprisingly genuine chemistry between Loren and Hunter which is the very core of the story.

There's wonderful support from George Sanders, Barbara Nichols, Keenan Wynn and a terrific, young Jack Warden.

All in all, a somewhat forgotten but immensely enjoyable film.


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