The High Cost of Loving

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The High Cost of Loving
High Cost of Loving poster.jpg
film poster
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]

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]


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]


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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

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