Separate Tables (1958)
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Awards for Separate Tables (1958)
Academy Awards, USA
1959 Won Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role
1959 Won Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1959 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role
1959 Nominated Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
1959 Nominated Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
1959 Nominated Oscar Best Picture
1959 Nominated Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Golden Globes, USA
1959 Won Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama
Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Director
Nominated Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress
1959 2nd place Golden Laurel Top Male Dramatic Performance
1959 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Female Dramatic Performance
1959 Nominated Golden Laurel Top Female Supporting Performance
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
1958 Won NYFCC Award Best Actor
Writers Guild of America, USA
1959 Nominated WGA Award (Screen) Best Written American Drama
AMG Info for Separate Tables (1958)
US (1958)- 98 min. - Feature, B&W
Amazon.com Review for Separate Tables (1958)
Terence Rattigan's pair of one-act plays are deftly woven together into this intelligent, handsome drama, a kind of somber Grand Hotel of lonely and repressed lives at a British seaside hotel in the dreary off-season. David Niven and Wendy Hiller earned well-deserved Oscars for their subdued turns, as a blustery old warhorse hiding a guilty secret and the efficient hotel proprietress, respectively. Burt Lancaster is the alcoholic American whose secret affair with Hiller is complicated when his former wife (Rita Hayworth) breezes in and reopens old emotional wounds, and Deborah Kerr is a mousy woman whose secret love for Niven is shattered by scandal. Director Daniel Mann (Marty) remains true to the good manners and quiet desperation that keeps these sad souls isolated at separate tables. He gracefully floats between the two dramas and patiently allows his repressed characters to open up and reveal their true feelings in their own quiet fashion.
CineBooks' Motion Picture Guide Review for Separate Tables (1958)
US (1958): Drama
Terence Rattigan's original play consisted of two one-acts set in the same Bournemouth, England locale. It was a tour de force for Eric Portman and Margaret Leighton, who played it successfully in London, then in New York during the fall of 1956. Rattigan collaborated with John Gay to blend the two stories into one that used four actors instead of two.
The third at the Mrs. Railton-Bell table is Mrs. Railton-Bell's friend, Lady Matheson (Cathleen Nesbitt), a peeress of the realm. Mr. Fowler (Felix Aylmer) is a former schoolteacher who talks about his glory days when he guided the lives of young people. Miss Meachum (May Hallatt) is a racing enthusiast, and Charles (Rod Taylor) and Jean (Audrey Dalton) are unmarried lovers. The hotel is run by Miss Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller), a plain but pleasant woman who wants to make sure all her guests are happy, but she is not all that happy herself since her lover, John Malcolm (Burt Lancaster), has not popped the question yet. John is a reclusive American writer who drinks more than he creates and spends much of his time in his room.
Complicated relationships. Sibyl and Maj. Pollack begin a halting relationship, but Mrs. Railton-Bell does her best to put an end to it before it can blossom. John's former wife, Ann Shankland (Rita Hayworth), arrives at the hotel. She is a blowsy, sad social type with a penchant for histrionics.
Disgrace. Then the truth about Maj. Pollack comes out. He wasn't a major at all, just a noncombatant supply officer. Further, Maj. Pollack is arrested by the local cops for harassing women at the small movie house in Bournemouth's center, then released. Mrs. Railton-Bell suggests that Maj. Pollack leave this genteel hotel immediately, but Miss Pat Cooper springs to his defense, saying the decision is Maj. Pollack's.
Former wife. Ann, a needy woman, fearful that she may never find another man, makes it clear that she would like to renew her life with John. But he is becoming more enamored of Miss Pat Cooper, who is as sweet as a dessert trifle.
Facing disapprobation. Maj. Pollack decides that he is not going to leave the hotel but will tough it out in the face of the grim disapproval on the guests' faces. In the morning, Maj. Pollack enters the dining room, and the other guests are pleasant enough, offering their "good mornings" but little else. Mrs. Railton-Bell tries to get Sibyl away from Maj. Pollack, but when the quiet daughter asserts herself, ignores her mother, and begins a conversation with Maj. Pollack, Mrs. Railton-Bell realizes that she no longer can pull Sibyl's strings.
Happy ending. The picture concludes with the hope that Maj. Pollack and Sibyl will eventually get together and that the same will happen for John and Miss Pat Cooper.
Leonard Maltin Review for Separate Tables (1958)
US (1958): Drama
Terence Rattigan's pair of romantic playlets set at English seaside resort are reworked here into superb drama in the GRAND HOTEL vein; Lancaster and Hayworth are divorced couple trying to make another go of it, Hiller is his timid mistress, Niven a supposed war hero, Kerr a lonely spinster dominated by mother Cooper. Bouquets all around, especially to Oscar winners Niven and Hiller. Screenplay by Rattigan and John Gay.
Memorable Quotes from Separate Tables (1958)
Ann Shankland: I didn't mean any harm.
Ann Shankland: You're making it a bit too obvious, you know, that you hate the very sight of me.
Mrs. Railton-Bell: Are you on the side of Mr. Malcolm and his defense advice or are you on the side of the Christian virtues -- like Mr. Fowler and myself?
Mr. Fowler: The trouble about being on the side of right, as one sees it, is that one often finds oneself in the company of such very questionable allies.
John Malcolm: You know something, Ann? No one I know of lies with such sincerity.
Miss Meacham: And what do I know of morals and ethics? Only what I read in novels. And as I only read thrillers, that doesn't amount to much.
Trivia for Separate Tables (1958)
Director Delbert Mann specifically shot May Hallatt's pool split in a long take with a moving camera--he wanted to show that a stand-in was not doing her trick shot for her. Unfortunately, the picture was taken from him, and re-edited with the middle of the shot removed, destroying that effect.
Goofs for Separate Tables (1958)
Crew or equipment visible: Camera reflected in window in the last dolly shot.
Separate Tables (1958)
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