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Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 December 1963 (USA)
Angie Rossini is an innocent Italian Catholic Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mulligan

Writer:

Arnold Schulman
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Wood ... Angie Rossini
Steve McQueen ... Rocky Papasano
Edie Adams ... Barbie
Herschel Bernardi ... Dominick Rossini
Anne Hegira Anne Hegira ... Beetie
Harvey Lembeck ... Julio Rossini
Mario Badolati Mario Badolati ... Elio Papasano
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Mama Rossini
Elena Karam Elena Karam ... The Woman
Virginia Vincent ... Anna
Nina Varela ... Mrs. Columbo
E. Nick Alexander E. Nick Alexander ... Guido Rossini
Marilyn Chris ... Gina
Augusta Ciolli Augusta Ciolli ... Mrs. Papasano
Wolfe Barzell ... The Priest
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Storyline

Angie Rossini is an innocent Italian Catholic Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky, a musician. Angie finds Rocky (who doesn't remember her at first) to tell him she's pregnant and needs a doctor for an abortion. He finds her a doctor and they work together to raise the money. Can these two strangers find love with one another before it's too late? Written by Kelly

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she needed him...he needed her...if they only realize it! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desliz de una noche See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Rossini family is ethnic Italian. Angie Rossini is portrayed by Natalie Wood, who is ethnic Russian. Dominick Rossini and Julio Rossini are portrayed respectively by Herschel Bernardi and Harvey Lembeck, who are both ethnic Jewish. See more »

Goofs

When Rocky is lying down on Barbie's bed after she has left to sit at the kitchen table, only the second and third buttons on Rocky's shirt are done up, his shirt not tucked into his pants. In the next shot when he is about to get up, the second, third and fourth buttons on the shirt are done up, the shirt still not tucked into his pants. In the next shot as Rocky is now off the bed, all but the top button on his shirt are done up, the front of his shirt now tucked into his pants. See more »

Quotes

Angie Rossini: [listening to the song "Love with the Proper Stranger] That's what love is - bells and banjos playing? How they brainwash you! And here I spend my whole life like a nut waiting for what? A stranger.
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Connections

Referenced in Hope & Gloria: Love with an Improper Stranger (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Love with the Proper Stranger
Written by Johnny Mercer and Elmer Bernstein
Performed by Jack Jones
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I still remember lines
2 April 2004 | by LinsaunSee all my reviews

I awoke at 3:00 am last night to Love With The Proper Stranger. I hadn't seen it in probably 35 years. I adored it. When I first saw it in 1963 I was 16 and it made a terrific impression about abortion which were in the back alley stage. Today, I look at it, thankful that women don't have to do than anymore. But, mostly I think of how wonderful Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen were together.

What struck me was how "modern" it looked. I think that was partly because it was filmed in black and white. I know that might sound strange. I think part of it had to do with their clothing. Natalie looked stunning in Edith Head's costumes (wish I had that black dress with the pearls today) and Steve looked very normal in his trench coat. Backdrops of New York City looked present-day.

I must have seen it many times in the 60's since I knew lines that were coming, early this morning, before they were said by either of these great actors.

The development of this movie from a drama, into a romantic comedy was done brilliantly and very naturally. I loved the way Natalie used her eyes to speak and how Steve did the same.

My only regret is that neither of them are with us today.

I will have to see if this has come out on DVD. I'd love to have it.

My other favorite movies of hers were Splendor in the Grass (I went out and purchased Wordsworth's poetry immediately after seeing it) and Inside Daisy Clover.


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