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Sylvia (1965)

Unrated | | Drama | 12 March 1965 (West Germany)
Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Howard Fast (novel) (as E.V. Cunningham)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll Baker ... Sylvia: West (Karoki, Kay, Carlyle)
George Maharis ... Alan Macklin
Joanne Dru ... Jane (Bronson) Phillips
Peter Lawford ... Frederic Summers
Viveca Lindfors ... Irma Olanski
Edmond O'Brien ... Oscar Stewart
Aldo Ray ... Jonas Karoki
Ann Sothern ... Mrs. Argona / Grace Argona
Lloyd Bochner ... Bruce Stamford III
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Lola Diamond
Jay Novello ... Father Gonzales
Nancy Kovack ... Big Shirley
Gene Lyons ... Gavin Cullen
Anthony Caruso ... Muscles
Alan Carney ... Gus
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Storyline

Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his prospective bride. The results of this check completely shock him. Not one fact matches 'his' Sylvia. Intregued and bewildered, Summers hires detective Alan Maklin and has him make a thorough investigation on 'Who Is Sylvia.' Written by filmfactsman

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Carroll Baker is the Fury. George Maharis is the Force. Sylvia is the Explosion!

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

12 March 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Vorleben der Sylvia West See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film had a long gestation. Producer Martin Poll bought the rights to the novel in 1961 and planned to have Paul Newman star. When the project was revived in 1964, Robert Reed was considered for the lead. See more »

Goofs

In library sequence, none of books are marked with Dewey Decimal System coding or other markings that would enable anyone to easily find or shelve books. See more »

Quotes

Alan Macklin: You mentioned something about a job.
Frederic Summers: Sylvia West. I want to know who she is. I want to know everything there is to know about Sylvia West. Everything a prospective husband has a right to know.
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Connections

Referenced in Mulholland Drive (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Love and Learn
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Music by Harold Arlen
Sung by Paul Anka
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It loses steam half-way through.
18 June 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The movie begins well enough and we think we will deal with some Preminger-like mystery ("Laura" "Bunny Lake is missing" "Anatomy of murder") or even a Mankiewicz extravaganza ("the barefoot comtessa").One of the first scenes in the library with Viveca Lindfords is intriguing.The books play a prominent part and there's a strange children's omnipresence.

Then the accumulation of melodramatic elements and the abuse of flashbacks end up wearing thin .Interest only occasionally comes back:Ann Sothern's barfly act,her entry in the posh restaurant ,for instance.Carroll Baker only appears in flashbacks in the first hour which preserved her mystery charm.Then,when the private meets her,it peters out.And it's not hard to guess the ending.


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