Top Secret Affair

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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1957
  • Running time: 100 min
Top Secret Affair is a 1957 romantic comedy film made by Carrollton Inc. and distributed by Warner Bros. that starred Susan Hayward and Kirk Douglas. It was directed by H.C. Potter and produced by Martin Rackin and Milton Sperling from a screenplay by... read more
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Top Secret Affair is a 1957 romantic comedy film made by Carrollton Inc. and distributed by Warner Bros. that starred Susan Hayward and Kirk Douglas. It was directed by H.C. Potter and produced by Martin Rackin and Milton Sperling from a screenplay by Roland Kibbee and Allan Scott. The story is very loosely adapted from the 1951 novel Melville Goodwin, U.S.A. by John P. Marquand, which had previously been adapted in 1952 for television's "Pulitzer Prize Playhouse." Hollywood avoided filming the novel for years because of its touchy subject matter: a married general's affair with a wealthy journalist. The screenwriters finally wound up rewriting the plot. The names of the two characters—Melville Goodwin and Dottie Peale—were retained, but both were made single. The film's credits state that it is "based on characters" in Marquand's book, rather than on the book itself. The music score was by Roy Webb, the cinematography by Stanley Cortez and costume design by Charles LeMaire. The film co-stars Paul Stewart and Jim Backus. The original leads were to be Humphrey Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall, and they were filmed doing a wardrobe test in 1956. But Bogart's illness forced his withdrawal from the project, and Bacall opted to remain at home to care for him until his death in 1957.

Original Release

01/30/1957

US Release

01/30/1957

Cast

Susan Hayward Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
Kirk Douglas Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin
Paul Stewart Phil Bentley
Jim Backus Col. Homer W. Gooch
John Cromwell General Daniel A. Grimshaw
Roland Winters Sen. Burdick
Arthur Gould-Porter Holmes, Dottie's Butler
Michael Fox Reporter Laszlo 'Lotzie' Kovach
Frank Gerstle Sgt. Kruger
Charles Lane Bill Hadley
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

H.C. Potter

Writers

Roland Kibbee, Allan Scott, John P. Marquand

Cast

Susan Hayward Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
Kirk Douglas Maj. Gen. Melville A. Goodwin
Paul Stewart Phil Bentley
Jim Backus Col. Homer W. Gooch
John Cromwell General Daniel A. Grimshaw
Roland Winters Sen. Burdick
Arthur Gould-Porter Holmes, Dottie's Butler
Michael Fox Reporter Laszlo 'Lotzie' Kovach
Frank Gerstle Sgt. Kruger
Charles Lane Bill Hadley
John Alban Spectator at Hearing
June Blair Sgt. Ferguson
Tex Brodus Nightclub Patron
Robert Carson Military Counsel
Sydney Chatton Drunk at Table
Jack Chefe Waiter
Bud Cokes Protester
Tom Coleman Houseman
Franco Corsaro Armande
Oliver Cross Protestor

Producers

Editors

Folmar Blangsted

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