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Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 15 September 1960 (UK)
A suburban architect loves his wife but is bored with his marriage and with his work, so he takes up with the neglected, married beauty who lives down the street.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writers:

Evan Hunter (screenplay), Evan Hunter (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Larry Coe
Kim Novak ... Margaret 'Maggie' Gault
Ernie Kovacs ... Roger Altar
Barbara Rush ... Eve Coe
Walter Matthau ... Felix Anders
Virginia Bruce ... Mrs. Wagner
Kent Smith ... Stanley Baxter
Helen Gallagher Helen Gallagher ... Betty Anders
John Bryant John Bryant ... Ken Gault
Roberta Shore ... Linda Harder
Nancy Kovack ... Marcia
Carol Douglas Carol Douglas ... Honey Blonde
Paul Picerni ... Arthur Gerandi
Ernest Sarracino ... Frank Di Labbia
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Bud Ramsey
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Storyline

The awarded architect Larry Coe lives a boring marriage with his wife Eve Coe and their two young sons in the suburb. Larry is designing and constructing an unique house to the successful writer Roger Altar (Ernie Kovacs) on the top of a hill. Margaret 'Maggie' Gault is a sexy blond sexually neglected by her husband Ken Gault that lives in the same neighborhood and they have a young son. When Larry meets Maggie at the bus stop of the school bus, he unsuccessfully hits on her. But soon they encounter each other again and they have a love affair. They fall in love with each other, but when their despicable neighbor Felix Anders discovers their affair, they have to decide between loyalty and respect to their families or love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"I LOVE YOU BABY, BUT MY WIFE JUST REFUSES TO UNDERSTAND!" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fremde, wenn wir uns begegnen See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nancy Kovack's film debut. See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen scene where Larry and his wife tell their young son Peter to never-mind about "S-E-X" and to drink his milk, the boy drinks the glass of milk to about 2/3 empty. After the camera cuts away and returns, the glass of milk appears almost full and untouched. See more »

Quotes

Larry Coe: You don't think much of women, do you, Felix?
Felix Anders: I love them. Every last one of them. But they're all the same. They want romance. There's nothing romantic about the slob they see shaving in his pajamas. You and me, Larry, we're furniture in our own homes. But if we go next door... Next door, we're heroes. A guy like you, works at home, you got plenty of opportunity for going next door.
Larry Coe: Sure. I go next door all the time. A lovely lady of 60 lives there. Let's have some coffee, Felix.
Felix Anders: Larry, you ...
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Connections

Referenced in Malibu Road (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers When We Meet
Music by George Duning
Lyrics by Richard Quine
Performed by chorus over main credits
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A fine post-50's suburban potboiler
1 January 2004 | by bdplaidSee all my reviews

If viewed from the morality of the period, this is actually quite a good movie. It attempted to tell a story about and comment on American family life, particularly on repressed desires and wedded relationships in the suburbs just before the "swinging 60's" exploded. Hearing Walter Matthau sum up his marital role as merely being considered "furniture in his own home" speaks volumes about what this film is about. Kim Novak is the sexy wife and mother to one family. Living down the manicured street is Kirk Douglas, the virile husband and dad in another - both living their lives against the backdrop of 1950's-60's morality. You do the math...

Is it worthy of awards? No. Is the conflict entertaining? You bet! Definitely worth a look to those who like films from this era.


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