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For Love of Ivy (1968)

Upon learning their maid will be leaving to earn an education, the son of the family decides to set her up with a man.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Parks
... Ivy Moore
... Tim Austin
... Doris Austin
... Gena Austin
... Frank Austin
Leon Bibb ... Billy Talbot
Hugh Hurd ... Jerry
... Harry
Stanley Greene ... Eddie
... Dealer
Tony Major ... Dealer
Clark Morgan ... Dealer
... Dealer
Bob Carey ... Dealer
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A white family has had the same black maid for many years. When she tells them she wants to go back to school and will be leaving soon, the 20ish year old son decides what she needs is a change and begins searching for a man to wine her, dine her, but who won't marry her thinking that this will turn her aside from her plans. The man he finds doesn't entirely cooperate. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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17 July 1968 (USA)  »

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Liebling  »

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Film debut of Jennifer O'Neill. See more »

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Jack Parks: Looks like you've got a pretty good setup here.
Ivy Moore: Too good. I don't want to die here.
Jack Parks: You've got to die somewhere.
Ivy Moore: Well, isn't it better not to go ignorant and alone?
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Referenced in The Projectionist (1971) See more »

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You Put It on Me
Vocal by B.B. King
Lyrics by Maya Angelou
Music by Quincy Jones
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Plush romantic whimsy with lots of personality...
20 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Sidney Poitier developed the original story for this fantasy-romance between a black maid working for a neurotic, rich white family out on Long Island and a handsome, confirmed bachelor--a partner in a trucking firm which deals (rather craftily) in illegal gambling on the side. In the most prominent role, Abbey Lincoln (real-life jazz vocalist who resembles a young Dionne Warwick) has a firm jaw and a shyly self-conscious manner, but she grows on you--and in her lighter moments displays a tentative yet winning smile and personality. After a static, stilted beginning, the movie picks up some steam and quickly overcomes its contrived set-up, and Poitier is full of jubilant charisma. Nice end-credits theme song, written by Quincy Jones and performed by Shirley Horn, received an Oscar nomination. Good fun! *** from ****


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