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From the Terrace (1960)

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An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career.

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Mark Robson

Writers:

John O'Hara (novel), Ernest Lehman (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... David Alfred Eaton
Joanne Woodward ... Mary St. John
Myrna Loy ... Martha Eaton
Ina Balin ... Natalie Benzinger
Leon Ames ... Samuel Eaton
Elizabeth Allen ... Sage Rimmington
Barbara Eden ... Clemmie Shreve
George Grizzard ... Alexander 'Lex' Porter
Patrick O'Neal ... Dr. Jim Roper
Felix Aylmer ... James Duncan MacHardie
Raymond Greenleaf ... Fritz Thornton
Malcolm Atterbury ... George Fry
Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Eugene St.John
Ted de Corsia ... Mr. Ralph W. Benziger
Howard Caine ... Creighton Duffy
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Storyline

Alfred Eaton, an ambitious young executive, climbs to the top of New York's financial world as his marriage crumbles. At the brink of attaining his career goals, he is forced to choose between business success, married to the beautiful, but unfaithful Mary and starting over with his true love, the much younger Natalie. Written by Mike Welsch <m.welsch@az05.bull.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Desde la terraza See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,336,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Linebrook See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The filming locations incorrectly list the former Reading Terminal in Philadelphia as the filming location of the opening scene, while in fact the former Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal in Jersey City ,NJ was used as a stand-in for Reading terminal. A quick shot of a CNJ train on an adjacent track can be seen. See more »

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The amount of milk in MacHardie's glass changes between shots when he's alone with Eaton. See more »

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Natalie Benzinger: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Alfred Eaton: No. I believe in confusion.
Natalie Benzinger: Yes.
Alfred Eaton: A man walks around in a desert all his life looking for water. All he ever finds is sand.
Natalie Benzinger: I didn't know you were lost in the desert.
Alfred Eaton: I didn't know it either, until last night.
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You Make Me Feel So Young
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Music by Josef Myrow
Played as dance music at the party
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Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - Such Beautiful People.
8 January 2005 | by oliverpennSee all my reviews

As a youngster, I saw Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in person, a few years after they finished this picture, in New York. They were appearing on Broadway in a comedy called "Baby Want A Kiss," and I was passing by Sardi's on 44th Street, I believe. First to come out was drop dead gorgeous Joanne, still wearing her FROM THE TERRACE hairstyle (shoulder-length pageboy flip) & dark movie star sunglasses, accompanied by two men in suits. She ignored the crowd who screamed, "Joanne, over here!" "Hi, Joanne!" Next, Paul Newman came out (two suited men on either side) as he held a cocktail glass in his hand. Obviously on his fourth or fifth drink, he looked like Alfred Eaton in TERRACE. But, unlike Joanne, he smiled and flashed the bluest eyes I've ever seen! He even toasted the screaming crowd. Women AND men were fainting unashamedly.

Personally, I loved FROM THE TERRACE. I was just fascinated by all the glamour, wealth, sex, adultery and sheer drama (especially between Leon Ames (Paul's father) and Newman.

Joanne as Mary St. John was a stone nympho, similar to Susanne Pleshette's over-sexed character in another John O'Hara book-to-film, A RAGE TO LIVE.

It was just a joy to see Woodward wear all those fabulous clothes and look spectacular in those hairdos and 60's makeup (it was all in the eyes!) After getting propositioned on the dance floor, Mary rebuked the man who knew "all about her..." donned a tremendously long white satin coat and "floated" like a regal queen to the limo (hair in a French Roll and a tiara!) Gorgeous.

Yes, she was an adulteress, but what was a "hungry" girl like her to do when her husband didn't want to touch her?


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