Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door

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Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door
Genre Romantic Comedy
Written by Sally Nemeth
Directed by Armand Mastronianni
Starring Shelley Long
Patty Duke
Theme music composer Ron Ramin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Kyle A. Clark
James Wilberger
Cinematography Amit Bhattacharya
Editor(s) Thomas A. Krueger
Running time 92 minutes
Production company(s) Larry Levinson Productions
Distributor Hallmark Entertainment
Original network Hallmark Channel
Original release
  • February 4, 2006 (2006-02-04)

Falling in Love With the Girl Next Door is a 2006 made-for-television comedy film recorded primarily on location in Avalon, California. It premiered on Hallmark Channel on February 4, 2006, and pits Shelley Long and Patty Duke as feuding neighbors.


Bridget Connolly (Patty Duke) and Betsy Lucas (Shelley Long) are two social climbing society women from Catalina Island who have been continuous rivals for some unknown reason. But when Betsy's son Mark falls in love with the girl next door—who happens to be Bridget's daughter Theresa—the two women put all of their energy in to planning the wedding, much to the chagrin of their children.


Production notes[edit]

Bruce Boxleitner and Patrick Duffy bonded while filming, playing golf regularly when they weren't shooting the film.[1]

Long, Duke, Duffy, and Boxleitner also had fun off the set together. Almost every night after filming, the four adults would run up and down the hotel hallways and lobby armed with cap pistols and have shoot-outs. Patrick Duffy explains:

Adds Boxleitner: "So every night in Patty's room, on this little coffee table that was so small, Patrick and I were like gangster gamblers and the girls were our gun molls, playing poker and shooting our guns off in the air. It was hysterical."[2]

Shelley Long even got detained at the airport after production ended, because she forgot to remove caps from her luggage.[2]

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