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Good Neighbor Sam (1964)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 July 1964 (USA)
To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

James Fritzell (screenplay), Everett Greenbaum (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Sam Bissell
Romy Schneider ... Janet Lagerlof
Dorothy Provine ... Minerva Bissell
Mike Connors ... Howard Ebbets (as Michael Connors)
Edward Andrews ... Mr. Burke
Louis Nye ... Reinhold Shiffner
Robert Q. Lewis ... Earl
Joyce Jameson ... Hotel Prostitute
Anne Seymour ... Irene
Charles Lane ... Jack Bailey
Linda Watkins ... Edna Bailey
Peter Hobbs ... Phil Reisner
Tristram Coffin ... Sonny Blatchford (as Tris Coffin)
Neil Hamilton ... Larry Boling
Riza Royce ... Miss Halverson
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Storyline

Sam Bissel is a wholesome family man with a loving wife, Min, and two loving daughters. They lead a happy suburban life. The only part of Sam's life that he is not happy about is his job as a lowly cog in the art department of the advertising firm of Burke & Hare. Sam's professional life takes a major turn when he is made executive of the Nurdlinger Dairy account. Simon Nurdlinger is a wholesome family man who wants a wholesome family man with wholesome family ideals heading his account, Sam the only one in Burke & Hare that fits the bill. Sam's home life also takes a major turn when Min's college friend, Janet Lagerlof, moves in next door. Janet stands to inherit $15 million from her grandfather's estate, but the will has a clause that she must be happily married to inherit the money. Janet is technically divorced from Howard Ebbets, and states that getting back with Howard is not worth $15 million. But when Jack Bailey and Irene Krump - two of Janet's relatives who would like to ... Written by Huggo

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Slam! Bam! Here comes Sam!...Caught in the Middle of a Two-Woman Jam!

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Comedy

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Trivia

One of or maybe the first demonstration of Velcro in a movie. Sam's wife has Velcro on her apron she's wearing in the kitchen that holds the oven mitts to it. The producers of the film make sure you hear the distinctive ripping sound of the Velcro as she peels off the oven mitts. See more »

Goofs

Although the story is supposedly taking place in San Francisco the exteriors outside Sam's office, as well as those on skid row at the end of the film, are obviously Los Angeles. The automobile chase around San Francisco makes no geographical sense, and when Sam & his rider finally arrive at what's supposed to be 29th and Geary, it's obviously a studio set that looks nothing like the real thing. See more »

Quotes

Hotel Prostitute: Bissell? I think I heard of him. Or, was it the carpet sweeper?
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Twisted World of Marge Simpson (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Hertz Put You in the Driver's Seat
(uncredited)
Lyrics and Music by Richard Adler
Performed by The Hi-Los
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An Amusing Romp
12 May 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Good Neighbor Sam was released in 1964 Jack Lemmon was being taken seriously as a dramatic actor as well as a light comic actor as witnessed by the rave reviews he got for The Apartment and Days of Wine and Roses. While Good Neighbor Sam doesn't stack up against those two films in Lemmon's career, it's still an amusing and pleasing romp.

Have you ever noticed how many films like Good Neighbor Sam start out with a mistaken impression? Through a lie told by Romy Schneider who is the good neighbor that Sam has, people in her life and in his get the impression that they are married. He's married to Dorothy Provine and she's married to Michael Connors. And both for their own reasons have to keep the deception up. All the situations the principal players get into stem from the original white lie.

It would be so much easier if everyone told the truth from the gitgo, but then we wouldn't have a movie.

Lots of familiar names pop up here in support. Edward Andrews as the unctuous boss of the advertising agency Lemmon works for, Louis Nye as the creative private detective who gets it wrong, and last but not definitely not least Edward G. Robinson as the puritanical dairy king.

Minor league Lemmon, but still fun. And as another reviewer says, that theme is unforgettable. You'll have it in your brain for days.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leih mir deinen Mann See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,072,726
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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