Good Neighbor Sam
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Good Neighbor Sam

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Director: David Swift

Cast: David Swift, Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Edward G. Robinson

     
 

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Disgusted by the smarminess of his 1963 vehicle Under the Yum Yum Tree, Jack Lemmon vowed that his next effort would be a wholesome family picture. Good Neighbor Sam is suitable for all ages, to be sure, but that doesn't stop producer-writer-director David Swift from injecting plenty of double-entendre dialogue and harmlessly risque situations. Lemmon

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Disgusted by the smarminess of his 1963 vehicle Under the Yum Yum Tree, Jack Lemmon vowed that his next effort would be a wholesome family picture. Good Neighbor Sam is suitable for all ages, to be sure, but that doesn't stop producer-writer-director David Swift from injecting plenty of double-entendre dialogue and harmlessly risque situations. Lemmon plays ad executive Sam Bissell, happily married to all-American blonde Minerva (Dorothy Provine). Anxious to land the Nurdlinger's milk account, Sam is carefully scrutinized by the prudish Simon Nurdlinger (Edward G. Robinson), a staunch advocate of old-fashioned family values. Meanwhile, Minerva welcomes her old school friend, sexy Janet Langerlof (Romy Schneider) into her home. Janet is in line to inherit a fortune, but only if she's married. Unfortunately, Janet is currently separated from her insanely jealous spouse Howard Ebbets (Michael Connors), so big-hearted Minerva volunteers Sam to pose as Janet's husband. The ensuing comic complications come to a head when Nurdlinger elects Sam and Janet as the nation's ideal "married" couple, and posts their pictures on billboards all over town! Some of the smaller pleasures in this film are provided by Louis Nye as a high-tech private eye, Joyce Jameson as a squeaky-voiced call girl, Robert Q. Lewis as Sam's lascivious neighbor, and an uncredited Gil Lamb as a genial wino. An amusing running gag involved the Hertz "man in the driver's seat" commercials of the 1960s has sometimes been cut from TV prints of Good Neighbor Sam.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Silly and dated, Good Neighbor Sam is nonetheless very enjoyable, the kind of lightweight fluff that's so innocuous that many people will be willing to overlook its many flaws. There's the length, for example -- 130 minutes is simply too long for something so inconsequential; if it never really wears out its welcome, it still forces the viewer to become very aware of the mechanics underpinning the screenplay. The chief reason for its length is another of its faults, namely that it is excessively overplotted. There are enough plots, subplots, and developments to fill two or three movies, and this eventually deadens the fun (and at times the pacing). And while there are any number of good lines and some hysterical sequences, there are also a fair share of groaners and a few moments that simply fall flat. These flaws would all be fatal were it not for the excellent cast, especially the ace-in-the-hole leading man, Jack Lemmon, who, for a while, specialized in this brand of comedy and could often make dross shine like gold. He's matched by a delightful Edward G. Robinson, who seems to be having a tremendous time with this change-of-pace role, and there's terrific support from Louis Nye and Robert Q. Lewis, among others. Add in some sets that simply scream "1964" and an irresistible Frank De Vol score, and there's plenty here to provide a pleasant bit of escapist entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2011
UPC:
0043396361683
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Sam Bissel
Romy Schneider Janet Lagerlof
Edward G. Robinson Simon Nurdlinger
Dorothy Provine Minerva Bissel
Edward Andrews Burke
Michael Connors Howard Ebbets
Neil Hamilton Larry Boling
Louis Nye Reinhold Shiffner
Robert Q. Lewis Earl
Joyce Jameson Elsie Hooker
Anne Seymour Irene Krump
Charles Lane Jack Bailey
Linda Watkins Edna
Peter Hobbs Phil Reisner
Riza Royce Miss Halverson
William Forrest Millard Mellner
Vickie Cos Jenna
Barbara Bouchet Receptionist
Jan Brooks Gloria
William Bryant Hausner
Peter Camlin French waiter
Bess Flowers Mrs. Burke
Kym Karath Bissel child
Dave Ketchum Hertz commercial man
Bernie Kopell Taragon
Gil Lamb Drunk
Quinn O'Hara Marsha
Joe Palma Postman
Harry Ray Milkman
David Swift TV director [uncredited]
Hal Taggart McVale
Patrick Waltz Wyeth
Tristram Coffin Sonny Blatchford

Technical Credits
David Swift Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Frank deVol Score Composer
Jim Fritzell Screenwriter
Everett Greenbaum Screenwriter
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Ben Lane Makeup
Micheline Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Miller Associate Producer
Jacqueline Moreau Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Charles Nelson Editor
Miriam Nelson Choreography

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Good Neighbor Sam
1. Chapter 1 [11:25]
2. Chapter 2 [11:08]
3. Chapter 3 [10:46]
4. Chapter 4 [11:53]
5. Chapter 5 [11:11]
6. Chapter 6 [8:09]
7. Chapter 7 [11:58]
8. Chapter 8 [11:56]
9. Chapter 9 [11:31]
10. Chapter 10 [13:09]
11. Chapter 11 [11:31]
12. Chapter 12 [5:21]

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