Sylvia (1965 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Produced by Martin Poll
Written by Sydney Boehm
Starring Carroll Baker
George Maharis
Peter Lawford
Music by David Raksin
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Frank Bracht
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
February 10, 1965 (USA)
Running time
115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,500,000[1]

Sylvia is a 1965 drama film directed by Gordon Douglas, written by Sydney Boehm and starring George Maharis, Carroll Baker and Peter Lawford.

Released by Paramount Pictures, it was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Sylvia West seems just about perfect in the eyes of California millionaire Frederic Summers, who proposes marriage to her. She is beautiful, brilliant, financially independent, writes poetry and seems to personify exactly what he wants in a woman.

But as a precaution, Summers brings in a private investigator, Alan Macklin, to do a background check. Macklin travels to Sylvia's hometown of Pittsburgh, where to his surprise he learns that Sylvia is a former prostitute and a blackmailer whose fortune mainly comes from illegal means.

Macklin elects not to inform his client of this, however, because he has the bad luck to fall in love with Sylvia himself.


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  1. ^ Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36.

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