A New Kind of Love

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Overview

A man falls for an exotic "bad girl," unaware he's already met the nice girl lurking beneath the surface, in this romantic comedy. Samantha Blake (Joanne Woodward) works for a large department store in New York City as a sort of industrial spy; while ostensively a buyer, Blake's greatest responsibility is to find out what the hot new fashions are going to be, so her store can have cut-price knockoffs on the racks once they hit the boutiques. Samantha is flying to Paris with her co-workers Leena (Thelma Ritter) ...
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Overview

A man falls for an exotic "bad girl," unaware he's already met the nice girl lurking beneath the surface, in this romantic comedy. Samantha Blake (Joanne Woodward) works for a large department store in New York City as a sort of industrial spy; while ostensively a buyer, Blake's greatest responsibility is to find out what the hot new fashions are going to be, so her store can have cut-price knockoffs on the racks once they hit the boutiques. Samantha is flying to Paris with her co-workers Leena (Thelma Ritter) and Joe (George Tobias) when she meets Steve Sherman (Paul Newman), a no-nonsense reporter who has been assigned to cover the unveiling of the new designer lines. Samantha and Steve don't exactly hit it off, and after arriving in Paris, a depressed Samantha makes her way to a beauty salon after a few cocktails too many. Decked out in a new wig and dressed to the nines, Samantha bumps into Steve, who is convinced she's one of the city of lights' glamorous high-priced call girls. Samantha plays along, and Steve writes a story about her which proves to be a hit with his readers, but as she finds herself falling for Steve, she isn't sure how to tell him that she's really the mousy woman he met on his flight to Paris. A New Kind Of Love also features cameo appearances from Maurice Chevalier and Frank Sinatra, the latter of whom sings the title song.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considering the star power that it packs and the fact that it's a romantic comedy set in Paris, one would expect A New Kind of Love to be a much better film than it is. Sadly, this Love is anything but new, and what could have been a charming and funny little piece of fluff is instead tired and sometimes exasperating. It's helped along by its cast and its fashions, but New ends up being at best moderately entertaining. Chief blame lies with Melville Shavelson, who wrote, directed and produced the film. His production is fine; if there's not enough actual on-location filming in Paris, there's still plenty of haute couture on display and the general physical production is polished. But the story is trite and decidedly dated in its male-female attitudes, the dialogue is inconsistent in its wit, the would-be satire lacks bite and there are far too few surprises along the way. His direction is perhaps a bit better, but terribly uneven, and he makes the already-questionable fantasy sequences fall flat on their faces. New does feature the talents of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and their sheer charisma adds a lot to the film. But neither is at his/her best here, with Newman in particular a bit awkward at times. The supporting cast, however, doesn't disappoint, with Thelma Ritter, as usual, taking top honors in the kind of role she could play with her eyes shut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 097360630435
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Steve Sherman
Joanne Woodward Samantha "Sam" Blake
Thelma Ritter Lena O'Connor
Eva Gabor Felicianne Courbeau
George Tobias Joseph Bergner
Maurice Chevalier Himself
Marvin Kaplan Harry Gorman
Robert Clary Albert Sardou
Jan Moriarty Suzanne
Valerie Varda Mrs. Chalmers
Joan Staley Stewardess
Army Archerd Onlooker
Danielle Aubry
Audrey Betz
Eugene Borden
George Bruggeman
Peter Canon
Albert Carrier Gendarme
Sue Casey
Ralf Harolde French Waiter
Christian Kay Model with Pearls
Ted Mapes Floor Walker
Alphonse Martell
Laurie Mitchell Parisienne Poule
George Nardelli Waiter
Francis Ravel
Annie Ross
Vernon Scott Himself
Robert Simon Bertram Chalmers
Mabel Smaney
James A. Starr
Lomax Study Hansom Cab Driver
Audrey Swanson
Trude Wyler Midinette
Celeste Yarnall
Francine York
Emily LaRue
Paul Micale Shopper
Pat Jones
June Smaney
Allyson Daniell Lingerie Model
Technical Credits
Melville Shavelson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Frank Bracht Editor
Pierre Cardin Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Pierre Norman Connor Songwriter
Christian Dior Costumes/Costume Designer
Sammy Fain Songwriter
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Erroll Garner Score Composer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Lanvin-Castille Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Lonergan Art Director
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Leo Robin Songwriter
Yves Saint Laurent Costumes/Costume Designer
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Richard A. Whiting Songwriter
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A great film

    Our family are big fans of the great classics and this doesn't disappoint. I bought this for my daughter as it's one of her favourites. What chemistry between Paul and Joanne. Very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Comedic Classic

    Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are great together in this amusing and sometimes silly story. They make a great team and on screen you can see they are having a great time acting together. A great story of finding yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2002

    When movies were movies.

    A great little movie with great actors. Love laughter. Makes you feel good inside. We need more of this type film that even the kids can go see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    My Review

    This is a great movie. It has everything people look for. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are a good team. It is a wonderful movie that never gets old.

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