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Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Bissell
... Janet Lagerlof
... Minerva Bissell
... Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
... Mr. Burke
... Reinhold Shiffner
... Earl
... Hotel Prostitute
... Irene
... Jack Bailey
... Edna Bailey
... Phil Reisner
... Sonny Blatchford (as Tris Coffin)
... Larry Boling
Riza Royce ... Miss Halverson
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Sam Bissel is a wholesome family man with a loving wife, Min, and two loving daughters. They lead a happy suburban life. The only part of Sam's life that he is not happy about is his job as a lowly cog in the art department of the advertising firm of Burke & Hare. Sam's professional life takes a major turn when he is made executive of the Nurdlinger Dairy account. Simon Nurdlinger is a wholesome family man who wants a wholesome family man with wholesome family ideals heading his account, Sam the only one in Burke & Hare that fits the bill. Sam's home life also takes a major turn when Min's college friend, Janet Lagerlof, moves in next door. Janet stands to inherit $15 million from her grandfather's estate, but the will has a clause that she must be happily married to inherit the money. Janet is technically divorced from Howard Ebbets, and states that getting back with Howard is not worth $15 million. But when Jack Bailey and Irene Krump - two of Janet's relatives who would like to ... Written by Huggo

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Slam! Bam! Here comes Sam!...Caught in the Middle of a Two-Woman Jam!

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22 July 1964 (USA)  »

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Leih mir deinen Mann  »

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Trivia

The "old fashioned grandmother" drives the children to camp in a 1963 Corvette hardtop roadster. See more »

Goofs

Sam goes to work for a second day without socks, but when he comes home he is wearing a pair of white socks. See more »

Quotes

Minerva Bissell: Isn't it wonderful. Sam is so clever with his hands. I just love it. Sam, it's a new work of art.
Edna: I don't know a thing about art. I just know what I don't like.
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Referenced in Cheers: Bad Neighbor Sam (1990) See more »

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Let Hertz Put You in the Driver's Seat
(uncredited)
Lyrics and Music by Richard Adler
Performed by The Hi-Los
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Funny stuff
5 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

If you're looking for laughs served up by experts, "Good Neighbor Sam" is just the ticket. Misadventure ensues when the business world and mixed-up home life of a hapless chap collide.

Jack Lemmon was the best at this type of thing and plays it for all it's worth. There's an hysterical bit by Louis Nye and the fabulous Hi Lo's appear in a recurring gag. DeVol's music adds to the fun.

Mike Connors is wonderful. He more than holds his own in the comedy department with the fabulous Jack. Good looking and funny - could have been another Cary Grant if the right parts had come along. Two lovely gals, Dorothy Provine and Romy Scheider, provide charming support. Enjoy.


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