East Side, West Side (1950)

108 mins | Drama | 10 February 1950

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writer:

Isobel Lennart

Producer:

Voldemar Vetluguin

Cinematographer:

Charles Rosher

Editor:

Harold F. Kress

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Randall Duell

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a Sep 1947 HR news item, M-G-M paid $200,000 for the film rights to Marcia Davenport's novel. An Aug 1948 LAT news item noted that Greer Garson was considered for a starring role. According to a Jun 1949 HR news item, M-G-M negotiated with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert to play the leading roles. A contemporary news items list Arlene Dahl and Mary Astor in the cast, but they did not appear in the released film. While early HR production charts list actor Reginald Gardner in the cast, he was not in the film and it is possible that his name was confused with Ava Gardner's, whose name replaced his in all charts from 12 Aug 1949 on. Contemporary sources indicate that some background footage used was shot in New York City for the film.
       East Side, West Side marked actress Gale Sondergaard's last film for twenty years. Sondergaard, along with her husband, producer-director Herbert Biberman, was blacklisted following hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. For additional information, please See Entry for Crossfire ... More Less

According to a Sep 1947 HR news item, M-G-M paid $200,000 for the film rights to Marcia Davenport's novel. An Aug 1948 LAT news item noted that Greer Garson was considered for a starring role. According to a Jun 1949 HR news item, M-G-M negotiated with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert to play the leading roles. A contemporary news items list Arlene Dahl and Mary Astor in the cast, but they did not appear in the released film. While early HR production charts list actor Reginald Gardner in the cast, he was not in the film and it is possible that his name was confused with Ava Gardner's, whose name replaced his in all charts from 12 Aug 1949 on. Contemporary sources indicate that some background footage used was shot in New York City for the film.
       East Side, West Side marked actress Gale Sondergaard's last film for twenty years. Sondergaard, along with her husband, producer-director Herbert Biberman, was blacklisted following hearings of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. For additional information, please See Entry for Crossfire . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Dec 1949.
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Daily Variety
13 Dec 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Dec 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jun 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jun 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Jun 49
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Sep 1947.
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Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 49
p. 3, 6
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 Dec 49
p. 122.
New York Times
23 Dec 49
p. 17.
Variety
14 Dec 49
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Jimmy Horne
Tiny Jimmy Kelly
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Mervyn LeRoy Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Assoc
COSTUMES
Women's cost
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Hair styles designed by
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to Mervyn LeRoy
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel East Side, West Side by Marcia Davenport (New York, 1947).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1950
Production Date:
11 July--mid August 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 December 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2736
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
108
Length(in feet):
9,688
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14126
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Alone late one night in the tony Gramercy Park, New York apartment she shares with her husband Brandon, Jessie Bourne receives a mysterious phone call from someone who hangs up when she speaks. While Jessie ponders the meaning of the strange call, her philandering husband is out enjoying himself at the Del Rio night club. There, model Rosa Senta gently admonishes Brandon for going out and leaving his wife home alone. Brandon replies by offering Rosa his playboy creed, explaining that "just because a man has one perfect rose at home, doesn't mean he can't enjoy the flowers of the field." Brandon's philosophizing is cut short by the arrival of Isabel Lorrison, Brandon's beautiful and sharp-tongued former mistress, who forces Rosa to leave. Isabel, back from a long stay in Paris, is intent on rekindling her romance with Brandon, but Brandon warns her to stay away because he is now faithful to his wife. Later, as Brandon is leaving the club, Isabel's date for the night, Alec Dawning, who knows Brandon's playboy reputation, knocks him unconscious. Brandon is rescued by Rosa, who takes him to her home, where he remains until early the next morning. Returning home just before dawn, Brandon tells Jessie that he was attacked by a bum, an excuse that she thinks is just another among the many she has heard before and ignored. Later that day, socialite Helen Lee reminds Jessie about her upcoming party for ex-police officer Mark Dwyer, whose book Helen's husband Owen is trying to get syndicated in his newspaper. During the visit, Jessie confesses to Helen that she is ... +


Alone late one night in the tony Gramercy Park, New York apartment she shares with her husband Brandon, Jessie Bourne receives a mysterious phone call from someone who hangs up when she speaks. While Jessie ponders the meaning of the strange call, her philandering husband is out enjoying himself at the Del Rio night club. There, model Rosa Senta gently admonishes Brandon for going out and leaving his wife home alone. Brandon replies by offering Rosa his playboy creed, explaining that "just because a man has one perfect rose at home, doesn't mean he can't enjoy the flowers of the field." Brandon's philosophizing is cut short by the arrival of Isabel Lorrison, Brandon's beautiful and sharp-tongued former mistress, who forces Rosa to leave. Isabel, back from a long stay in Paris, is intent on rekindling her romance with Brandon, but Brandon warns her to stay away because he is now faithful to his wife. Later, as Brandon is leaving the club, Isabel's date for the night, Alec Dawning, who knows Brandon's playboy reputation, knocks him unconscious. Brandon is rescued by Rosa, who takes him to her home, where he remains until early the next morning. Returning home just before dawn, Brandon tells Jessie that he was attacked by a bum, an excuse that she thinks is just another among the many she has heard before and ignored. Later that day, socialite Helen Lee reminds Jessie about her upcoming party for ex-police officer Mark Dwyer, whose book Helen's husband Owen is trying to get syndicated in his newspaper. During the visit, Jessie confesses to Helen that she is afraid of what will happen to her marriage now that Isabel is back in town. Her suspicions piqued by a newspaper photograph showing Rosa tending to her unconscious husband, Jessie finds Rosa and speaks with her about the incident. Rosa quickly clears up the matter and the two hit it off so well that Jessie offers to take Rosa to the airport to pick up her sweetheart. By coincidence, Rosa's sweetheart is the charming Mark Dwyer, whose wandering gaze is soon cast in Jessie's direction. On the day of Helen's party, Brandon is visited in his office by Isabel, who manages to entice him to her apartment and keep him from attending the party. Jessie goes to the party alone and is taken home by Mark, who comforts her broken heart until Brandon returns. The next day, Isabel summons Jessie to her apartment and tells her that she is determined to win her husband from her. Later, another strain is placed on Jessie's marriage when Mark, while giving her a tour of his West Side neighborhood, professes his love for her. When Jessie returns home, she is greeted with news that Isabel has been murdered. She and Mark immediately rush over to Isabel's apartment, where police Lt. Jacobi is busy interrogating Brandon. Finding a clue that leads him to the Del Rio club, Mark reveals Isabel's killer to be Felice Backett, Alec's jealous girlfriend. Although Brandon is found innocent of the murder, Helen has finally gotten up the courage to tell her husbend that she has fallen out of love with him and will be leaving him once and for all. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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