Friday, February 29, 2008

Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Love with the Proper Stranger is not at all what I expected going in, however it was still a very good film. Steve McQueen plays Rocky Papasano, a struggling jazz musician in New York who while at what seems to be a job fair he is paged by a young woman, played by the beautiful Natalie Wood, who tells him that she is pregnant with his child. Angie Rossini, the young woman, works at Macy's and lives at home with her mother and three overprotective older brothers who drive her crazy. At first when Rocky finds out that she is pregnant he is obviously stunned, but as he comes to his senses he realizes that it is his responsibility. They seriously consider abortion, but decide against it, and he decides to marry her. However Angie has no desire to be in a loveless marriage that would leave everyone unhappy. For the time being this suits Rocky just fine, until they both come to realize that they are in love with each other even if they won't admit it to anyone but themselves. A very well done film by director Robert Mulligan in his follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird, and fantastic performances by Wood and McQueen make this film worth seeing. Hopefully they will release it on DVD sometime soon. Overall 3.0/4 Stars Grade = B

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