Separate Tables

Separate Tables (1958)“The trouble about being on the side of right is that one often finds oneself in the company of such very questionable allies.”

– Felix Aylmer (Mr. Fowler) Separate Tables (1958)

Separate Tables (1958)Once the production team of Hecht, Hill and Lancaster (as in Burt Lancaster) took over the editing process on Separate Tables, Director Delbert Mann… was incensed to learn that Lancaster insisted on cutting a number of early scenes with Deborah Kerr and David Niven in the interest of introducing his character earlier into the film.

Just for the record, Lancaster makes his first appearance in the final cut around the 20-minute mark. Mann felt this decision weakened the dramatic intensity of the Kerr-Niven storyline and ultimately cost Kerr a Best Actress Oscar. – Michael Hadley

Separate Tables (1958) PDF
Separate Tables (1958) Film Review by Michael Hadley PDF

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Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Separate Tables.

Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Separate Tables.

With 23 minutes and 39 seconds of screen time, David Niven’s performance in this movie is the shortest to ever win an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and the 4th shortest to win in either leading category. Contrary to popular belief, Anthony Hopkins did not break Niven’s record with his win for ‘The Silence of the Lambs‘. Hopkins’s performance is 24 minutes and 52 seconds long. – IMDB

Director Delbert Mann was so upset over producer/star Burt Lancaster’s re-cutting of the picture that he severed his relationship with the company. According to Mann, it was done because Lancaster’s character is the last of the four major protagonists to be introduced. – IMDB

Hotel guests at "Separate Tables"

The hotel guests at “Separate Tables”.

Separate Tables (1958) Film Review by Michael Hadley PDF

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