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From the Terrace (1960)

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An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career.


Mark Robson


John O'Hara (novel), Ernest Lehman (screenplay)
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... David Alfred Eaton
Joanne Woodward ... Mary St. John
Myrna Loy ... Martha Eaton
Ina Balin ... Natalie Benzinger
Leon Ames ... Samuel Eaton
Elizabeth Allen ... Sage Rimmington
Barbara Eden ... Clemmie Shreve
George Grizzard ... Alexander 'Lex' Porter
Patrick O'Neal ... Dr. Jim Roper
Felix Aylmer ... James Duncan MacHardie
Raymond Greenleaf ... Fritz Thornton
Malcolm Atterbury ... George Fry
Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Eugene St.John
Ted de Corsia ... Mr. Ralph W. Benziger
Howard Caine ... Creighton Duffy


Alfred Eaton, an ambitious young executive, climbs to the top of New York's financial world as his marriage crumbles. At the brink of attaining his career goals, he is forced to choose between business success, married to the beautiful, but unfaithful Mary and starting over with his true love, the much younger Natalie. Written by Mike Welsch <m.welsch@az05.bull.com>

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The third of ten feature films co-starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. See more »


There's an establishing shot of the mill which shows a '59 Impala and some other late 50's cars. See more »


Alfred Eaton: I know you've come to congratulate me. Thank you very much my...
Mary St. John: You're making a fool of yourself.
Alfred Eaton: Oh, that was terribly considerate of you last night when you were telling me about the quote "beautiful relationship we could have" end quote, but you never bothered mentioning anything about the partnership, because maybe I would've thought the partnership had something to do with your new found if somewhat unwholesome interest in our marriage.
Mary St. John: [while Alfred is walking briskly away] Alfred. Alfred, I...
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Myrna Loy (1960) See more »


Give Me the Simple Life
Music by Rube Bloom
Played as dance music at the party
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entertaining trash
26 May 2000 | by hbsSee all my reviews

It's not nearly as much fun as "The Long, Hot Summer", but how could it be when it's loosely based on an O'Hara novel (which means that it has to be turgid, self-important trash). But it's still fun. In some ways it's even more enjoyable to see how they've butchered O'Hara's novel, since they leave out more than half of it and cast Newman as a sort of hero (damaged by personal tragedy), instead of having him be a contemptible loser (as he was in the book). There are a lot of these late 50's to early 60's movies that were based on "organization men" stories from the 50's ("Cash McCall", "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit", and "From the Terrace" being those that pop to mind), and every one of the movies mangled the books. Interestingly, I think that the one that was closest to the book, TMitGF, was by far the worst movie. It's odd on reflection how similar these books are, and how randomly different the movies are. I don't know if all of the writers suffered from existential nausea or if it was just that this sort of thing sold books, but I never saw it get to the screen.

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9 September 1960 (West Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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