Wives and Lovers (film)
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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. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964 for costume design.
|Wives and Lovers|
|Directed by||John Rich|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis|
|Written by||Edward Anhalt|
|Based on||The First Wife (play)|
by Jay Presson Allen
|Music by||Lyn Murray|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
Hal Wallis Productions
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|November 4, 1963|
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.