|FROM THE TERRACE (director: Mark Robson; screenwriter: based on the Joh O'Hara novel/Ernest Lehman; cinematographer: Leo Tover; editor: Dorothy Spencer; music: Elmer Bernstein; cast:Paul Newman (Alfred Eaton), Joanne Woodward (Mary St. John ), Myrna Loy (Martha Eaton), Ina Balin (Natalie Benziger), Leon Ames (Samuel Eaton), Felix Aylmer (MacHardie), Patrick O'Neal (Jim Roper), George Grizzard (Lex Porter), Elizabeth Allen (Sage Rimmington), Raymond Bailey (Mr. St. John), Raymond Greenleaf (Fritz Thornton), Ted De Corsia (Mr. Benziger), Howard Cane (Creighton Duffy); Runtime: 124; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mark Robson; Twentiet-Century Fox; 1960)|
|"Middling soap opera."
by Dennis Schwartz
soap opera adapted from a John O'Hara sprawling novel
by director Mark Robson ("Earthquake"/"Von
Ryan's Express"/"Peyton Place"). The over-plotted
script is written by Ernest Lehman.
What doesn't help is that the author's ripe sexual
scenes are not onscreen due to censorship, the
direction is pedestrian and that Paul Newman is awful.
He plays the rich boy who defies his family by
marrying Joanne Woodward despite their warnings not
Alfred Eaton (Paul Newman) returns in 1946 to his
Philadelphia home, after serving with the Navy as a
flier during the war, he finds his mom Martha (Myrna
Loy) is an alcoholic and unfaithful to her elderly
husband Samuel (Leon Ames). Unable to live there, he
settles down in NYC and goes into business with his
friend Lex Porter (George Grizzard). On
a visit to Southhampton, he meets and courts
the neurotic rich socialite Mary St. John (Joanne
Woodward) and marries her. When Alfred hooks up with
the staid Wall Street firm run by MacHardie
(Felix Aylmer), he takes himself seriously and
starts ignoring his unfaithful wife Mary. He soon
meets and falls for the decent hometown
girl Natalie (Ina Balin), the
daughter of a local businessman (De Corsia).
When threatened to be ratted out to his firm by a
colleague (Howard Cane), Alfred must choose love or
Loy steals the show with her out of character edgy performance as the tortured mom. Newman disappoints with a wooden performance.
REVIEWED ON 12/29/2015 GRADE: C+-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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