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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 »

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Robert Mulligan

Writer:

Arnold Schulman
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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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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Tom Bosley. See more »

Goofs

At the musicians' meeting, Joe (the music venue booker) wears glasses in the long shot. His glasses come on and off in the close up when he talks with Rocky. See more »

Quotes

Rocky Papasano: You look so... what am I gonna tell ya? you look like a women
Angie Rossini: [bursts out laughing] how can you manage to make a compliment sound like a slap in the face?
Rocky Papasano: What did I say? you look like a women. My apologies, excuse me, you look like a man.
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Referenced in Family Ties: Not an Affair to Remember (1983) See more »

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Love with the Proper Stranger
Written by Johnny Mercer and Elmer Bernstein
Performed by Jack Jones
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McQueen and Wood at their peak
4 August 2008 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen are at the pinnacle of their acting talent in this b-w gem from the early 1960's. Two very different people - Rocky Papasano and Angie Rossini - re-unite after a one night stand that results in a pregnancy. How they resolve this crisis is the story of this movie. Along the way, there is drama and a lot of fun. Much of the movie was shot on location in New York City's Lower East Side. There is one particularly gripping scene involving a back-alley abortionist that stands out in this film. The two young people come from Italian immigrant families who provide great entertainment as a backdrop to the love story.In the course of the movie, Angie, who was under the thumb of her domineering family, came into her own and took on a new-found confidence. Rocky's support and love helped her bloom into a wonderful and mature young woman. There were two hysterical dinner scenes, breaking the tense atmosphere of this dramatic coming of age film. Tom Bosley, in his pre-TV days, is the man considered by the family as an acceptable husband for Angie. He is very funny as the good-natured clutz trying to woo her. Other than that, the two great stars,who both died too young,have left their fans with a great love story.


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