New Kind of Love, A (1963): Romantic Comedy Satrring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Written and directed by Melville Shavelson, the romantic comedy A New Kind of Love again teams husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward–to middling results.

Samantha Blake (Woodward) works for a large department store in New York City as a sort of industrial spy. Ostensively a buyer, Samantha’s actual responsibility is to find out what the hot new fashions are going to be so that her store can have cut-price knockoffs.

Samantha flies to Paris with her co-workers Leena (Thelma Ritter) and Joe (George Tobias) where she meets Steve Sherman (Newman), a reporter assigned to cover the new designer lines.

In Paris, a depressed Samantha makes her way to a beauty salon after a few cocktails. Decked out in new wig and elegantly dressed to the nines, Samantha meets Steve, who is convinced she’s a glamorous call girl.

Samantha goes for the ride, and Steve writes a story about her which proves to be a hit. Falling for Steve, she needs to din a way to reveal Steve her true identity.

A New Kind Of Love features cameo appearances from French entertainer Maurice Chevalier and Frank Sinatra, who sings the title song.

Oscar Nominations: 2

Scoring of Musical: Leith Stevens

Costume (color): Edith Head

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Scoring Oscar went to Andre Previn for Irma La Douce.

Cleopatra won the Costume Oscar for Irene Sharaff, Vittorio Nino Novarese, and Renie.

Running time: 110 minutes.

Released: October 30, 1963