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The High Cost of Loving is a 1958 comedy film directed by and starring Jose Ferrer.[2] It marked the film debut of Gena Rowlands.[3]

The High Cost of Loving
High Cost of Loving poster.jpg
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Directed byJose Ferrer
Produced byMilo O. Frank Jr.
Written byAlford Van Ronkel
Milo O. Frank Jr.
StarringJose Ferrer
Gena Rowlands
Music byJeff Alexander
CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey
Edited byFerris Webster
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$580,000[1]


Around the same time Jim Fry learns that his place of work is merging with another company, his wife of nine years Ginny reveals she might be pregnant with their first child.

Jim celebrates with friend Steve Hayward, but when invitations are extended to a company luncheon to meet the new executives, Jim is excluded. The word goes around quickly that new president Eli Cave is planning a few changes. Jim feels upset and betrayed after 15 years of loyalty to the firm.

Ginny is pleased about the baby, but after Steve's wife, her friend Syd, speaks happily of the upcoming luncheon and improved prospects for their husbands, Jim confesses to Ginny that he's actually about to be fired. The angrier he gets, Jim decides to write a letter of protest, then confront Cave face-to-face, particularly after seeing his name being removed from his office door.

Jim is unaware that Cave is planning a promotion for Jim and has been informed of the invitation slight, an oversight. He is eager to invite Jim to the luncheon personally, which results in Jim needing to humbly request his angry letter be returned. When all is resolved, he and Ginny toast his new success and their future parenthood.


According to MGM records the movie earned $305,000 in the US and Canada and $275,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $350,000.[1]



The film was originally called Bay the Moon (from the Shakespeare quote, "I'd rather be a dog and bay the moon than such a Roman"). It was based on an original story by Milo Frank and Rip Van Ronkel. They developed it for use on Playhouse 90 where Frank worked, but decided not to make it when they could not get the star they wanted, Jackie Gleason. In 1957 Frank signed a contract with MGM to produce and write films. He took Bay the Moon with him.[4]

Jose Ferrer agreed to write and direct. It was the feature film debut of Gena Rowlands, who had been a Broadway success in Middle of the Night. She signed a contract with MGM to make two films a year over five years.[5] Rowlands was cast in the film in August 1957.[6]

"It's a comedy and I think it's going to be quite funny," said Rowlands. "It's an old fashioned man-woman style comedy."[7]

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  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ "The High Cost of Loving". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Article on The High Cost of Loving in Turner Classic Movies accessed 11 January 2014
  4. ^ WRITERS PROTEST CHINA TRAVEL BAN: Film Guild Asks End of State Department Restriction in Note to Senate Group Kramer Buys TV Play New York Times 2 Apr 1957: 37.
  5. ^ Actor Brazzi Delighted with 'South Pacific' Tinee, Mae. Chicago Daily Tribune 23 Mar 1958: e11.
  6. ^ TWO STARS NAMED FOR WALD'S MOVIE New York Times 10 Aug 1957: 8.
  7. ^ SILVER BLONDE-GOLDEN FUTURE: Talented Gena Rowlands Stars in Her First Film, Thanks to TV Triumphs Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 1 Dec 1957: g39.

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