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Film / From the Terrace

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From the Terrace is a 1960 American drama film directed by Mark Robson, starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and Myrna Loy. The screenplay was written by Ernest Lehman, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by John O'Hara.

The film tells the story of the estranged son of a Pennsylvania factory owner who marries into a prestigious family and moves to New York to seek his fortune.

A young Barbara Eden appears in one scene.


This film features examples of:

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Mary sleeps with Dr. Roper while Alfred is absent.
  • Arranged Marriage: Mary's parents arrange a marriage of her with Dr. Roper at the beginning of the film and she breaks off the engagement.
  • Danger — Thin Ice: MacHardie's grandson falls into the lake because of this. Alfred saves him.
  • Family Business: Ralph Benziger's coal mining business. Also, Alfred's father's business before Alfred leaves him.
  • Family Versus Career: Alfred's boss refuses to allow David to bring his wife Mary with him on work trips.
  • Married to the Job: Alfred spends months away from his wife Mary on work trips.
  • No-Tell Motel: Alfred and Natalie have a tryst in one.
  • Old Fashioned Row Boat Date: Alfred and Mary have one. They spot MacHardie's mansion.
  • Thrifty Scot: MacHardie, Alfred's boss.
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  • Unwanted Spouse: Alfred eventually comes to not want to stay married to Mary.