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East Side, West Side (1949)

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Based on the novel by Marcia Davenport, a New York society lady (Barbara Stanwyck) and her husband (James Mason) have problems when he begins seeing a younger woman (Ava Gardner).

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Cast

Barbara Stanwyck
as Jessie Bourne
James Mason
as Brandon Bourne
Van Heflin
as Mark Dwyer
Ava Gardner
as Isobel Lorrison
Cyd Charisse
as Rosa Senta
Nancy Reagan
as Helen Lee
Gale Sondergaard
as Nora Kernan
William Conrad
as Lt. Jacobi
Raymond Greenleaf
as Horace Elcott Howland
Douglas Kennedy
as Alec Dawning
Beverly Michaels
as Felice Backett
William Frawley
as Bill, the Bartender
Lisa Golm
as Josephine
Tom Powers
as Owen Lee
Paula Raymond
as Joan Peterson
Wesley Bly
as Club Attendant
Rita Lynn
as Sistine Wive
Stella Soldi
as Sistine Wive
Peter Thompson
as Jock Ardley
Stanley Orr
as Bourne's Chauffeur
Jack Gargan
as Doorman
Tom P. Dillon
as Dan, the Old Policeman
Jewel Rose
as Hat Check Girl
Sandra Spence
as Cigaret Girl
Wilson Wood
as Reporter
Fred Hoose
as Reporter
Roger Moore
as Reporter
Betty Taylor
as Reporter
Harry Strang
as Fred the Doorman
Ferike Boros
as Grandma Sistina
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Critic Reviews for East Side, West Side

All Critics (2)

nothing but burnished dreck

April 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Filmcritic.com

In the MGM tradition, it presents such uninteresting melodrama trash with style and makes it entertaining through its talented cast.

January 26, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for East Side, West Side

A good drama about complicated romances.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

A great cast isn't given much to do in this generally droll melodrama that gets slightly noirish. Barbara Stanwyck and James Mason are surprisingly unmemorable, but and early performance by Ava Gardner stands out (as if a young Ava Gardner couldn't stand out) for the few scenes she has but East Side, West Side. Otherwise this movie is just dated and for the most part forgettable.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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This one really took me by surprise; it's well worth the watch. Barbara Stanwyck is superb here as the long-suffering wife of James Mason, the playboy who claims to love her, but cannot seem to stop chasing other women -- especially Ava Gardner. This might be Stanwyck's best acting job I've seen so far. It's very understated. You feel sorry for her, but she never overplays the victim role. She is too strong to do that, by far.

The biggest surprise for me, however, is Van Heflin. If this were a performance battle between him and James Mason, Heflin would clearly be the winner. Too bad he didn't have a greater career. The man can really deliver lines.

As a side note, Cyd Charisse does not dance in this one. Still, she is wonderful. A very fine actress on top of her dancing prowess.

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Lanning : )

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