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Wives and Lovers (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 4 October 1963 (West Germany)
A struggling author and his wife suddenly become wealthy and move to the suburbs. Divorced neighbor and "companion" aid marital misconstrual which almost culminates in a divorce.

Director:

John Rich

Writers:

Edward Anhalt, Jay Presson Allen (play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Leigh ... Bertie Austin
Van Johnson ... Bill Austin
Shelley Winters ... Fran Cabrell
Martha Hyer ... Lucinda Ford
Ray Walston ... Wylie Driberg
Jeremy Slate ... Gar Aldrich
Claire Wilcox ... Julie Austin
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Swanson
Dick Wessel ... Mr. Liberti
Dave Willock ... Dr. Leon Partridge DDS
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Storyline

Bill Austin (Van Johnson) is a struggling author, working and living in a "slum flat" on W. 87th St. in NY with his wife and daughter, Bertie and Julie. Bertie (Janet Leigh) works as a dental assistant, until Bill's novel can get published and Julie (Claire Wilcox) is seven and 3/4 and does not like any of her food to touch. They are very happy (even though Bill does not realize it.) All of a sudden, Bill's agent, Lucinda Ford (Martha Hyers) takes Bill's novel viral: there a prestigious publishing house, a Broadway play and a Hollywood studio interested in Bill's novel. Success goes straight to Bill's head; Bertie is the same level-headed, unpretentious gal she always was. They move to a lovely house in So. Connecticut where their neighbours are the lively ex-wife of a Hollywood star, Fran Cabrell (Shelley Winters) and her "companion," the occupant of her guest house, Wylie Driberg (Ray Walston). They try to show Bertie the ropes of being on the fringes of a "hit" personality and they... Written by LA-Lawyer

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You Can't Tell Them Apart Without a Scorecard!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1963 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

First Wife See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley MacLaine got into legal battle with Paramount when she refused to play part ultimately given to Janet Leigh. See more »

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Better than i remember it ....
10 October 2007 | by snoozer1See all my reviews

This one is a forgotten gem. I watched it again after some 35 years and it struck me that all the ingredients for a good film are on display. Firstly, a stellar cast that are all uniformly excellent. A directer who, tho predominately from a TV background, innately understands the material .. and lastly, a wonderfully taught script by Jay Presson Allen who would go on to pen such films as Hitchcock's "Marnie" and "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie".

If you're a fan of the genre, in this case the early 60's 'sex comedy', you could do worse than to seek this out. It's a cut above the Doris Day/Rock Hudson films of the period.

I don't know who manages the back-catalogue for Paramount, but this could certainly do with a DVD release given the popularity of the afore-mentioned Day/Hudson films and the buying power of the baby boomers. Certainly, it has more 'bite' in the screenplay with some dialogue that obviously went under the censor's radar at the time.


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