Wives and Lovers (film)

Wives and Lovers is a 1963 comedy film based on the play The First Wife by Jay Presson Allen. Directed by John Rich, it stars Janet Leigh, Van Johnson, Shelley Winters, and Martha Hyer.[1] It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964 for costume design.[2]

Wives and Lovers
Directed byJohn Rich
Produced byHal B. Wallis
Written byEdward Anhalt
Based onThe First Wife (play)
by Jay Presson Allen
StarringJanet Leigh
Van Johnson
Shelley Winters
Martha Hyer
Music byLyn Murray
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byWarren Low
Hal Wallis Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
November 4, 1963
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States


Husband and wife Bill and Bertie Austin and their daughter live in a low-rent apartment. He is a struggling writer, at least until agent Lucinda Ford breaks the news that she has sold his book to a publisher, including the rights to turn it into a Broadway play.

A new house in Connecticut is the first way to celebrate. When Bill is away working on the play, Bertie befriends hard-drinking neighbor Fran Cabrell and her boyfriend Wylie, who plant seeds of suspicion in Bertie's mind that Bill and his beautiful agent might be more than just business partners.

Bertie jealously retaliates by flirting with Gar Aldrich, an actor who will be in her husband's play. Bill goes to Connecticut for a heart-to-heart talk, finds Gar there, and punches him. But, when the play is a success, Bill and Bertie decide to give married life one more try.



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  2. ^ "Wives and Lovers". IMDb.com. 4 October 1963. Retrieved 2016-08-26.

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