Good Neighbor Sam (1964) - Rotten Tomatoes

Good Neighbor Sam1964

Good Neighbor Sam (1964)




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Jack Lemmon is Sam Bissel, a happily married ad man who finds himself in an awkward position. Mr. Nurdinger, Sam's new and wealthy client, prizes a wholesome lifestyle above anything else. He puts his faith in wholesome Sam to handle the campaign for his product. Sam has a dilemma, however, when he is offered $1 million to pretend he is the husband of his attractive and vivacious neighbor, Janet Lagerlof (Romy Schneider, in her first U.S. film role). Janet's grandfather has recently passed away and bequeathes her $15 million--provided she is living with her husband. As luck would have it, Janet's husband just recently walked out on her, so she begs Sam to play along. Janet must work quickly as her cousins have hired a private detective to catch her living apart from her husband. Sam's wife, Minerva (Dorothy Provine), obliges the two, but it is the ad agency and Mr. Nurdinger that Sam must contend with. Things begin to get really crazy, however, when huge billboards begin sprouting up--using the faces of Janet and Sam as the perfectly married couple endorsing Nurdinger Dairy products. Based on a book by Invasion of the Body Snatchers author, Jack Finney.

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Jack Lemmon
as Sam Bissell
Romy Schneider
as Janet Lagerlof
Mike Connors
as Howard Ebbets
Edward G. Robinson
as Simon Nurdlinger
Dorothy Provine
as Minerva Bissel
Anne Seymour
as Irene Krump
Charles Lane
as Jack Bailey
Louis Nye
as Reinhold Shiffner
Joyce Jameson
as Prostitute
Peter Hobbs
as Phil Reisner
Tristram Coffin
as Sonny Blatchford
Neil Hamilton
as Larry Boling
Riza Royce
as Miss Halverson
William Forrest
as Millard Mellner
Jan Brooks
as Gloria
Peter Camlin
as French waiter
Tom Anthony
as Assistant Director
Bess Flowers
as Mrs. Burke
Dave Ketchum
as Hertz commercial man
Gil Lamb
as Drunk
Harry Ray
as Milkman
Joe Palma
as Postman
David Swift
as TV Director
as Belly Dancer
Barbara Bouchet
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Good Neighbor Sam

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Mr. Lemmon and company breathlessly toss gags from bedrooms to advertising offices with verve and vigor. It might not make much sense to a discerning viewer, but it is good for more than a fair portion of giggles and one or two guffaws.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Jack Lemmon's farcial flair finds amusing exposure in this situation comedy.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

Like so much current comedy, it is underwritten; it is underdirected; it is underacted. Resurrect the Thin Man.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The problem with the marital satire is that it goes on for too long, maybe like some marriages.

February 8, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Good, frantic fun.

March 26, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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