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Good Neighbor Sam

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Eminently versatile, two-time Oscar® winner Jack Lemmon (1973, Best Actor, Save the Tiger; 1955, Best Supporting Actor, Mister Roberts) was an actor’s actor – the sort who made it look easy as he lit up the screen in everything from powerful dramas to irresistible comedies. In this delightfully daffy comedy romp, Jack plays a very married ad man who poses as the husband of a sexy single girl to help her land a big inheritance.

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Edward G. Robinson, Dorothy Provine, Romy Schneider, Michael Connors
  • Directors: David Swift
  • Producers: David Swift
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mill Creek - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZXNC9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,278 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good Neighbor Sam" on IMDb

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This movie should be on DVD. Anyone that enjoys Jack Lemmon in comedy will thoroughly love this one. Fans of Doris Day and Rock Hudson comedies should enjoy it too. For that matter anyone that enjoys any of the comedies from the 1940s to 1970s will probably like it. This is one of Lemmon's best comedies. Be sure and catch this on TV since you can't find it at rental stores any longer and they unfortunately have not shown the wisdom to put it on DVD yet.

The plot is that Lemmon, who is married, has a married neighbor that needs him to pretend to be her husband to get an estate settlement. When her real husband comes home things get screwy as jealousy and trying to cover each others stories leads to some wacky chase scenes and painting billboards all over town. A good cast, decent writing, funny action, and good look at 1960s style comedy, make this fun to watch.
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They sure don't make movies like they used to. I am a HUGE Jack Lemmon fan and this has to be in my humble opinion, for what it's worth, one of Jack's funniest movies. I saw it on TV during the 60's. If memory serves me correctly, I believe Lemmon regretted making this movie and considered it one of his worst. That said... I happen to think it is hilarious, filled with a great cast and memorable scenes of the old Hertz commercials showing bloopers of the ads being filmed with the Hertz man being lowered through the air into a supposedly moving car, constantly tripping over something as he's lowered into the car. Those scenes are priceless.

Jack Lemmon plays Sam Bissell who is married to Min (Dorothy Provine). Jack is an employee who works at the bottom entry level of a major Advertising Agency when suddenly he is chosen as an unknown and fresh candidate to be the Account Executive by the head of the Agency's powerful client, "Nurdlinger Dairy" to be their model of what they stand for: wholesome and family-oriented.

Min's beautiful European friend Janet (Romy Schneider) suddenly shows up on Sam & Min's doorstep after separating with the intent to divorce her husband (Mike Connors - formerly "Mannix"). Janet moves into the house next door then learns that her grandfather has died and left her an inheritance of $15 million IF she meets the qualifications of being happily married. Enter Janet's relatives who want in on the inheritance and contest the Will. The $15 million proves too irresistible to Janet so during the introduction between her relatives, Sam & Min Janet impulsively introduces Sam as her husband.
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Jack Lemmon stars as Sam Bissel, junk sculptor extraordinaire. Sam works in the art department of an ad agency. He feels that he is not getting anywhere in the advertising business. Just as he is about to ask the boss for a raise, he is summoned to his boss' office and promoted to an account executive. Meanwhile, the best friend of Sam's wife moves in next door awaiting her inheritance. She has just gotten a divorce that is not yet final, but in order to qualify for her uncle's inheritance, she must be married. So Sam gets elected to play her husband. Her relatives think he is her husband (Mr. Ebbets) and his boss and his client think she is his wife (Mrs. Bissel). What a mess! Meanwhile, Sam's real wife get's left out of the business dinner with the client and Sam's "other wife's" real husband shows up. It's great fun to watch. You almost need a score card. Even the mail man didn't know who to give the mail to when he saw the men leaving for work! All of you Jack Lemmon fans will enjoy "Good Neighbor Sam."
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I like Jack Lemmon and of the movies of his that I have seen Good Neighbor Sam is my favorte and I'm very disappointed that this movie hasn't been put on DVD yet. Please put out a widescreen DVD for this very funny and cute movie!
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This Jack Lemon comedy is sheer delight from beginning to end. There are no movies being made like this today! However, it seems to me that every sit-com in history copied some aspect of Good Neighbor Sam. So, why is there no DVD?
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Oh man, watching Louie Nye hanging out the door of that T-Bird and screaming like an 8 year old girl was the funniest thing I've seen in a while.
Jack Lemmon plays his usual obsequious nobody that is thrust into situation after twisted situation impacting everything in his world until he finally goes POW with the "fulminator mercury." Along with the beautiful Dorothy Provine and Romy Schneider all chasing a $15M inheritance while dodging snoopy relatives, detectives, billboards, boxsprings, and pacifying bosses, clients, and ex-husbands. Just hysterical. 5 Ducks
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This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Jack Lemmon was a VERY funny comic actor in the 50's and 60's. This is one of his better roles. The movie has a classic 60's retro feel to it: colorful, clever plot, funny supporting characters. Why oh why can't they make movies like this anymore???
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This is one of my favorite movies from the 60's.
After years of searching for it on DVD, I was excited to finally find it.

It arrived promptly in the mail, but when I tried to watch it, I found out that it was not what I expected.
Although the DVD and case were clearly labled as "Good Neighbor Sam", the disc actually contained an old Jack Lemmon film called "Mad Ball".

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT
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