Strangers When We Meet

Strangers When We Meet

Director: Richard Quine

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs

     
 
Sexual misconduct in white-collar suburbia is the topic of this routine melodrama involving two neighboring couples. Architect Larry Coe (Kirk Douglas), unhappy with his wife Eve's (Barbara Rush) fixation on their bank balance, starts taking an interest in Maggie Gault (Kim Novak), whose husband has been losing interest in her. The two steal several illicit moments

Overview

Sexual misconduct in white-collar suburbia is the topic of this routine melodrama involving two neighboring couples. Architect Larry Coe (Kirk Douglas), unhappy with his wife Eve's (Barbara Rush) fixation on their bank balance, starts taking an interest in Maggie Gault (Kim Novak), whose husband has been losing interest in her. The two steal several illicit moments together, but this activity has not gone unnoticed. Good ol' neighbor Felix (Walter Matthau) figures that Eve might be feeling a little neglected, so he decides to move into the picture. Richard Quine's direction is an asset to an otherwise clichéd tale.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Strangers When We Meet is a fairly routine "domestic melodrama", but it does have a number of interesting aspects. Chief among these is its cast, which is rather top-loaded with talent. Indeed, one wants to ask what Kirk Douglas -- more recently seen in the likes of Spartacus and Last Train From Gun Hill -- is doing in this little soaper. Douglas is very good, mind you, but he seems a little out of place; the audience keeps waiting for him to be given a really great scene to sink his teeth into. But though the movie keeps flirting with such a scene, it never really gets there, leaving the viewer feeling shortchanged. Kim Novak, more at home in this genre, does quite well (even though the camera occasionally captures her in some surprisingly unflattering angles), and she and Douglas have a great chemistry together. There's also a quirky but solid turn from Ernie Kovacs, a delicious and finely shaded contribution from Barbara Rush, and a wonderful pre-stardom Walter Matthau performance that's delightfully free of the later Matthau "persona." Credit goes to director Richard Quine for these performances; though the director can't be blamed for not being able to overcome the clichéd and often annoying script, he can be criticized for the unimaginative use he makes of the "unusual" house that Douglas is designing, which might have added some flavor. Strangers' predictable screenplay keeps it from being a better film, but the cast makes it worth viewing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
UPC:
0043396050389
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:57:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Larry Coe
Kim Novak Maggie Gault
Ernie Kovacs Roger Altar
Barbara Rush Eve Coe
Walter Matthau Felix Anders
Ruth Batchelor Waitress
Virginia Bruce Mrs. Wagner
John Bryant Ken Gault
Lorraine Crawford Redhead
Dick Crockett Charlie
Carol Douglas Honey Blonde
Ray Ferrell David Coe
Helen Gallagher Betty Anders
Harry Jackson Bud Ramsey
Betsy Jones-Moreland Mrs. Gerandi
Nancy Kovack Marcia
Sue Ane Langdon Daphne
Joe Palma Actor
Bart Patton Hank
Paul Picerni Gerandi
Robert Sampson Bucky
Ernest Sarracino Di Labbia
Roberta Shore Linda Harder
Kent Smith Stanley Baxter
Audrey Swanson Mrs. Baxter
Charles Victor Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director,Producer
Evan Hunter Screenwriter
Ross Bellah Art Director
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Nelson Editor
Ben Lane Makeup
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
George Duning Score Composer
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:12]
2. An Architect Gets Inspiration [9:47]
3. "Don't You Think I'm Pretty?" [9:30]
4. The Affair [10:43]
5. Subterfuge [15:08]
6. History Repeats Itself [4:10]
7. Cooling Off [11:49]
8. Party [7:51]
9. Exposed [9:48]
10. "What's Important?" [9:37]
11. Felix Makes Waves [11:57]
12. Leaving [9:46]

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