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The High Cost of Loving

The High Cost of Loving(1958)

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The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Gena Rowlands, who previously had acted on Broadway and television. Rowlands did not make another feature film until Lonely Are the Brace in 1962 (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70). Director Rip (Alford) Van Ronkel appears in a cameo as a cigar salesman. Henny Backus, real wife of actor Jim Backus, who portrays "Paul Mason," appears in a small role as "Mrs. Mason." Although the CBCS includes Brian Corcoran in the cast as "Mason child," neither Corcoran nor any other children appeared in the viewed print. Hollywood Reporter casting lists add William Hudson, Wanda Barton, January Ahlers, Mary Batten, Louise DeCarlo, Barbara Gayle, Anita Gegna, Jean Le Gette, Lorelei Vitkek, Margaret Bacon, Elaine Earl, Joanne Jones, Beryl McCutcheon, Peggy O'Connell, Roxanne Reed, JoAnn Sherer to the cast, but their appearance in the film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include Hank Mann in the cast. The film marked the acting debut for actor/television personality Nick Clooney, brother of singer Rosemary Clooney, who at the time was married to The High Cost of Loving star Jos Ferrer. Nick Clooney is also the father of actor George Clooney.