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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

From The Terrace (1960)

Set in 1946 Philadelphia, the son (Paul Newman) of a cold and distant steel magnate (Leon Ames) and an alcoholic mother (Myrna Loy) returns home from WWII and the seeds of resentment and conflict between he and his father resume. But he escapes to New York to seek his fortune in business and marries a society debutante (Joanne Woodward, the most glamorous she's ever been). As he climbs the ladder of success in the corporate world, he finds little happiness until ...... Based on the sprawling best seller by John O'Hara, Mark Robson (PEYTON PLACE) whips up a juicy, glossy melodrama bearing little resemblance to the source material. He's aided by Ernest Lehman's (NORTH BY NORTHWEST) bedroom dialogue replacing O'Hara's prose and Elmer Bernstein's lush string score. The film seems to want to say something about being true to oneself and selling out but, in reality, there's very little substance to it. Newman seems like a fish out of water but Woodward looks like she's having a ball! Loy disappears early in the film but she's good enough that she's missed. With Ina Balin, Barbara Eden, Patrick O'Neal, George Grizzard, Elizabeth Allen, Felix Aylmer, Ted De Corsia, Dorothy Adams and Kathryn Givney.

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