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Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 July 1964 (USA)
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.

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

James Fritzell (screenplay), Everett Greenbaum (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Sam Bissell
Romy Schneider ... Janet Lagerlof
Dorothy Provine ... Minerva Bissell
Mike Connors ... Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
Edward Andrews ... Mr. Burke
Louis Nye ... Reinhold Shiffner
Robert Q. Lewis ... Earl
Joyce Jameson ... Hotel Prostitute
Anne Seymour ... Irene
Charles Lane ... Jack Bailey
Linda Watkins ... Edna Bailey
Peter Hobbs ... Phil Reisner
Tristram Coffin ... Sonny Blatchford (as Tris Coffin)
Neil Hamilton ... Larry Boling
Riza Royce Riza Royce ... Miss Halverson
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leih mir deinen Mann See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the advertising firm for which Sam Bissel works, Burke & Hare, is clearly a reference to William Burke and William Hare, two Irish laborers living in 18th century Edinburgh, Scotland who became notorious as history's most famous "body snatchers" who, until they were discovered by the British authorities, killed at least 16 travellers and then sold their corpses to medical schools for dissection. 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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Connections

Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 30 September 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

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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As Mr. Nurdlinger might say, good clean fun!
3 May 2001 | by Doug-135See all my reviews

I also saw this movie as a child, and fell in love with it. I particularly liked the wacky gadgets Sam would build, and the theme song (by Frank De Vol) is very catchy. One time when it was on TV, I was able to make an audio tape of it on this crummy little portable real-to-real tape recorder my dad gave me. I played it so much that I was able to memorize whole lines of dialog - "you can't alter a man's death-bed request with a lot of childish spying and gossip. Now obviously this man and woman are husband and wife, Mr and Mrs Howard Ebbets, and as such, I set the distribution of the Lagerlof will for 9am tomorrow morning. Now good day..."

It's nice to see Mike Connors in a pre-Mannix role, and you can never get enough of Louis Nye. Edward G Robinson does a good job of playing the wealthy dairyman, Mr Nurdlinger. Plus his participation gives the whole production a needed bit of weight. This is the kind of movie they're talking about when they say - "they don't make 'em like that anymore." And I say, it's our loss.


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