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BUtterfield 8 (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 November 1960 (USA)
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A Manhattan call girl has a tragic affair with a rich married man.

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Daniel Mann

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John O'Hara (novel), Charles Schnee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Gloria Wandrous
Laurence Harvey ... Weston Amsbury Liggett
Eddie Fisher ... Steve Carpenter
Dina Merrill ... Emily Liggett
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Wandrous
Betty Field ... Mrs. Francis Thurber
Jeffrey Lynn ... Bingham Smith
Kay Medford ... Happy
Susan Oliver ... Norma
George Voskovec ... Dr. Tredman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Mann Alex Mann ... Extra
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Storyline

Beautiful Gloria Wandrous, a New York fashion model engages in an illicit affair with married socialite Weston Liggett. However, Gloria's desire for respectability causes her to reconsider her lifestyle. Written by alfiehitchie

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Some women were just a name...just a phone number... See more »

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Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfield 8 See more »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Afton-Linebrook See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In-joke: During the brief shot of an elevator-adjacent directory of tenants in an office building, one of the names listed is Ben-Hur (1959) -- the studio's big hit of the previous year. See more »

Goofs

Gloria drives her spike heel into the top of Weston's shoe/foot, pressing harder a number of times. Yet, Weston shows no sign of the ordeal, walking apparently pain-free and with no limp afterwards. See more »

Quotes

Weston Liggett: I've been kind of busy.
Man: Yeah, I heard. I heard. That's the kind of busy-ness I wouldn't mind having - again!
Weston Liggett: What are you talking about?
Man: Oh, come on, Ligget, come on! Hunh? Gloria!
[Puts his arm around him]
Man: Hunh? Sure! Oh, she's... she's frantic! Isn't she like a rocket right off the Earth? Who should know better than yours truly? Ooohhh, mother, help me! I'd have left home for that. Nah... she's got a traveling itch; she's like a flea. Hop, hop, hop from one dog to another. She bites you, and ...
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Arnold Palmer & Dina Merrill (1960) See more »

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Vulgarity Has Its Purposes
24 November 2003 | by dragon-90See all my reviews

Two beautiful unhappy people from opposite ends of Eisenhower era America are drawn together by an obsessive love that ends in tragic consequences. Elizabeth Taylor won a Best Actress Oscar (after much better performances in earlier pictures such as `Cat On A Hot Tin Roof') for her portrayal of (shock!) call-girl Gloria Wandrous. Laurence Harvey plays the john, Weston Liggett, trapped in a stale marriage with his stoic wife Emily (Dina Merrill, perfect as a blue-blooded blonde heiress).

Complementing the moody performances of Liz and Laurence Harvey are an excellent Eddie Fisher as Gloria's long-suffering best friend and greatest admirer Steve, Mildred Dunnock as poor Mrs. Wandrous, in complete denial of her daughter's easy virtue, Betty Field as nosy neighbor Mrs. Fanny Barber, and many others including Kay Medford as tragicomic motel matron, Happy.

Lurking behind the scenes of `Butterfield 8' are some very grown up issues (particularly for its day) about infidelity, high class prostitution, childhood sexual abuse, and the meaning of true commitment. The dialogue by John Michael Hayes (`Peyton Place,' `To Catch A Thief,' and `Rear Window", among many credits) and Charles Schnee, is punchy and quick, and the movie glows with luscious cinematography from Hollywood veteran Joseph Ruttenberg, who got an Academy Award nomination for his efforts (he had previously won four Oscars dating back to 1938).

Although somewhat dated, it remains a thoughtful film (if you pay attention) and a visual treat for any Liz fan. Worth watching!


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