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Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

aka Love with the Proper Stranger

"she needed him...he needed her...if they only realize it!"

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Details: 102 mins · English


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Small Angie Rossini
Small Rocky Papasano
Small Barbie
Small Dominick Rossini
No_movie_poster Beetie
Small Julio Rossini
No_movie_poster Elio Papasano


Small Alan J. Pakula Producer
No_movie_poster Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Small Robert Mulligan Director
No_movie_poster Aaron Stell Editor
Small Milton R. Krasner Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Arnold Schulman Writer


"she needed him...he needed her...if they only realize it!"

"There is a moment - a long moment - when everything is risked with the proper stranger."


The film tells the story of Angie Rossini (Natalie Wood), a salesclerk at Macy's department store who finds herself pregnant after a brief affair with musician Rocky Papasano (Steve McQueen). When she tracks him down he doesn't remember her. She does not expect him to marry her; all she wants is enough money to pay for an abortion. Meanwhile, Angie is being pressured by her older brothers, played by Herschel Bernardi and Harvey Lembeck, to marry the unappealing cook Anthony (Tom Bosley).

Rocky scrapes up money for the crude backroom abortion. But when he and Angie meet the abortionist, who turns out not to be a doctor, Rocky refuses to let her go through with the dangerous procedure. The maturity he shows in doing this brings them closer. After meeting her brothers, Rocky decides to "take his medicine" by marrying her. Angie is insulted and refuses. Angie wants a love relationship, with "bells and banjos."

As an act of independence Angie moves out of the family home. She begins dating Anthony, who offers to marry her. By acting aloof she attracts Rocky, whom she invites to dinner. At dinner he makes advances on her and is rejected. Angie says she doesn't want to make the last mistake. They quarrel and she throws him out. The next day, Rocky waits for her outside Macy's, ringing bells and playing a banjo, and wins her over.

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