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Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 December 1963 (USA)
A salesclerk at Macy's department store finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand with a musician, who does not even remember her. Eventually, they get to know each another and fall in love.

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writer:

Arnold Schulman
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Wood ... Angie Rossini
Steve McQueen ... Rocky Papasano
Edie Adams ... Barbie
Herschel Bernardi ... Dominick Rossini
Anne Hegira Anne Hegira ... Beetie
Harvey Lembeck ... Julio Rossini
Mario Badolati Mario Badolati ... Elio Papasano
Penny Santon ... Mama Rossini
Elena Karam Elena Karam ... The Woman
Virginia Vincent ... Anna
Nina Varela ... Mrs. Columbo
E. Nick Alexander E. Nick Alexander ... Guido Rossini
Marilyn Chris ... Gina
Augusta Ciolli Augusta Ciolli ... Mrs. Papasano
Wolfe Barzell ... The Priest
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Storyline

Angie Rossini is an innocent Italian Catholic Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to tell him she's pregnant and needs a doctor for an abortion. He finds her a doctor and they work together to raise the money. Can these two strangers find love with one another before it's too late? Written by Kelly

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There is a moment - a long moment - when everything is risked with the proper stranger See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In the opening scenes of the movie you hear Rocky Papasano's full name called out over the loudspeaker just before he meets Angela in the crowd. Papasano is a made-up Italian surname, but in Japanese "papasan" means Mr. Dad. See more »

Goofs

When Rocky is lying down on Barbie's bed after she has left to sit at the kitchen table, only the second and third buttons on Rocky's shirt are done up, his shirt not tucked into his pants. In the next shot when he is about to get up, the second, third and fourth buttons on the shirt are done up, the shirt still not tucked into his pants. In the next shot as Rocky is now off the bed, all but the top button on his shirt are done up, the front of his shirt now tucked into his pants. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Papasano: [on Angie's sexy dress] Man, do you look wild.
Angie Rossini: Thank you.
Rocky Papasano: No, I mean it - I really mean it.
Angie Rossini: Look how surprised he sounds.
Rocky Papasano: You look so - what am I gonna tell 'ya? You look like a woman.
Angie Rossini: How can you manage to make even a compliment sound like a slap in the face?
Rocky Papasano: What did I say? You look like a woman! I apologise - excuse me. You look like a man.
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Crazy Credits

As if to recognize the importance of the script, Arnold Schulman's credit appears right after the main title. This was a rarity in an era when screenplay credits traditionally appeared third to last, before the producer and director cards. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Love with the Proper Stranger
Written by Johnny Mercer and Elmer Bernstein
Performed by Jack Jones
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Love With the Proper Stranger
7 May 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Lovely chemistry between superstars Wood and McQueen make this Robert Mulligan a pure charmer. McQueen sheds his tough guy image to play both romance and even a little comedy as well. Oscar nominee Wood matured beautifully into the role of Angie, the girl who finds she's going to have a baby and it's McQueen's! There is a fine performance from Tom Bosley, in his first major role as a clumsy fellow who tries to win Wood's heart. The conclusion to this film is lovely and full of hope for all young lovers out there. A Must see!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love with the Proper Stranger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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