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The High Cost of Loving (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | 5 March 1959 (Mexico)
When he's not invited to a boardroom luncheon with the company president and his executives, during the company's merger and downsizing phase, purchasing manager Jim Fry fears he is to be laid-off.

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

Alford Van Ronkel (story) (as Rip Van Ronkel), Milo O. Frank Jr. (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
José Ferrer ... Jim 'Jimbo' Fry
Gena Rowlands ... Ginny Fry
Joanne Gilbert Joanne Gilbert ... Syd Heyward
Jim Backus ... Paul Mason
Bobby Troup ... Steve Heyward
Philip Ober ... Herb Zorn
Edward Platt ... Eli Cave
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Boylin, Executive
Werner Klemperer ... Joseph Jessup
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Storyline

Middle-aged middle-manager Jim Fry, with the same company for fifteen years, is in a comfortable rut. But life becomes less predictable when he doesn't receive an invitation to an important luncheon being held by the new company president. Convinced that he's about to lose his job, Jim begins to mull over his limited prospects when his wife confirms that she's pregnant. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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M-G-M presents a candid connubial comedy !

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1959 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Bay the Moon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$614,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$305,000, 31 December 1958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$580,000, 31 December 1958
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jose Ferrer's brother-in-law _Nick Clooney_, the father of _George Clooney_, appears in a parking lot scene where he greets Ferrer in passing. See more »

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Referenced in Green Acres: The High Cost of Loving (1970) See more »

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Surprisingly good.
13 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1950s, José Ferrer's career seemed to be charmed. He won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1951, was nominated two years later and with this film, "The High Cost of Living", they not only had him star in the picture but direct it as well. And, in the process proved he was exceptional at both jobs.

Jim Fry (Ferrer) is a simple man...a guy who works hard in a predictable job with a wife who loves him and enjoys this predictability. However, when there is talk of a merger with his company and another, everyone seems to have received an invitation to a big luncheon except for Jim. He soon starts to wonder if they are going to fire him...that WOULD explain why he wasn't invited. The problem is that his wife (Gena Rowlands) just informed him that she's pregnant!

I loved so much about this film. The script seemed honest and realistic, the acting just the same. Overall, they take a movie that SHOULD have perhaps earned a 5 or 6 and made it nearly earn a 9...something I rarely give any film. Well worth your time.


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