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The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971)

R | | Comedy | 19 August 1971 (USA)
A stock-broker is stuck in a dreary job and a marriage that's become a dull routine. To cope with the boredom and frustration, he resorts to voyeurism and extramarital love affairs.

Director:

Lawrence Turman

Writers:

Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay), Charles Webb (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Benjamin ... William Alren
Joanna Shimkus ... Lisa Alren
Elizabeth Ashley ... Nan
Adam West ... Chester
Patricia Barry ... Dr. Sadler
Tiffany Bolling ... Girl in the Rain
Ed Prentiss ... Mr. Franklin
William Forrest ... Mr. Wylie
Johnny Scott Lee Johnny Scott Lee ... Mark
Bill McConnell Bill McConnell ... Charlie McGuire
Alma Beltran ... Raquel
Norman Leavitt ... Mr. Van Meter
Ron Masak ... 1st Baseball Fan
Bob Hastings ... 2nd Baseball Fan
Kenneth Snell Kenneth Snell ... Cab Driver (as Ken Snell)
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A stock-broker is stuck in a dreary job and a marriage that's become a dull routine. To cope with the boredom and frustration, he resorts to voyeurism and extramarital love affairs.

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The story of a man who tried to hold on to his wife and his binoculars at the same time. See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El matrimonio de un joven corredor de bolsa See more »

Filming Locations:

Laguna Beach, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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The More I See You
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Music by Harry Warren
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Bolling Boil-over
8 January 2010 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Young stockbroker (Benjamin as the glib affectation of a caring husband, a role in which he became stereotyped) has a penchant for peeping, much to the chagrin of his long suffering wife (Shimkus) which eventually drives a wedge between them, and much at the behest of her meddling sister (Ashley). Often criticised for its titillation aspects, this is one of those microcosms of life stories that's funny, raunchy, sad and touching all in a compact hour-and-a-half. The abrupt, overly-simplistic conclusion might attract some ire, but it's not a 'who-dunnit', so by no means a deal breaker.

Not the deep, emotive analysis it probably could've been, but nevertheless entertaining and memorable for a number of reasons. The theme song, while distant and now long-forgotten is a great little pseudo-country tune by Linda Ronstadt, and still among her best. Adam West in a semi-serious post "Batman" role is a casting coup that can't be easily ignored, although his tonal inflexions do occasionally conjure memories of "to the batpole!".

But the real deal is Tiffany Bolling's "girl in the rain" character, which in my opinion, immortalises this picture. Even despite the brevity of her screen-time, her sun-showered radiance floods the frame. She's raw and devastating; the epitome of seduction. The boiling saucepan metaphor adds a humorous texture, but more significantly, the movie turns on this one scene, making it, and Bolling's character, pivotal. Bolling forged a mediocre career in B-movies in the seventies, but this virtually mute cameo, will undoubtedly be her cinema legacy.

Those expecting an intellectual thesis on domesticity and the manacles of modern marriage will be disappointed - this is not the Everest and nor does it purport to be; those just after a movie they can appreciate for its many layers should be kept entertained.


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