Separate Tables (1958)

Separate Tables (1958), directed by Delbert Mann.

A superior soap opera set in a seaside hotel. Some permanent residents, some visitors. All have different types of loneliness, often expressed in sexual difficulties:

From two one-act plays by Terence Rattigan, always performed together. As always in theater adaptations, it is dialogue heavy, but his dialogue is good.

David Raksin score, photographed by Charles Lang. Edith Head did some of the clothes.

Available on Blu-ray from Kino, with subtitles and a frank commentary track by the director.

Lancaster was one of the producers but never pulled rank on him. Hayworth was nervous to be in such esteemed company.

He was promised there would be no "Separate Tables" theme song over the credits. When he heard the Bobby Vinton ballad he broke his contract and never worked for the producers again.