Wives and Lovers (film)

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Wives and Lovers
Directed by John Rich
Written by Edward Anhalt
Based on The First Wife (play)
by Jay Presson Allen
Starring Janet Leigh
Van Johnson
Shelley Winters
Martha Hyer
Music by Lyn Murray
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Warren Low
Release date
November 4, 1963
Running time
104 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Wives and Lovers is a 1963 film directed by John Rich. It stars Janet Leigh and Van Johnson.[1] It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964 for costume design.[2]


Husband and wife Bill and Bertie Austin and their daughter live in a low-rent apartment. He's a struggling writer, at least until agent Lucinda Ford breaks the news that she's 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. But during the long hours 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's a success, Bill and Bertie decide to give married life one more try.



  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Wives and Lovers". IMDb.com. 4 October 1963. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 

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