Moment to Moment

Moment to Moment is a 1966 American Technicolor psychological thriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy starring Jean Seberg as a married woman who has an affair which leads to murder.

Moment to Moment
Directed byMervyn LeRoy
Produced byMervyn Le Roy
Written byAlec Coppel
John Lee Mahin
Based on"Laughs with a Stranger"
by Alec Coppel
StarringJean Seberg
Honor Blackman
Arthur Hill
Sean Garrison
Music byHenry Mancini
CinematographyHarry Stradling
Edited byPhilip W. Anderson
Mervyn Le Roy Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 1966 (1966-01-27) (Miami, Florida)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

It was Le Roy's 75th and final movie.[2]


Kay Stanton (Jean Seberg) lives on the French Riviera with her psychiatrist husband Neil Stanton (Arthur Hill) and son Tommy (Peter Robbins). One day while Neil is away, Kay meets an American naval ensign, Mark (Sean Garrison), and they begin an affair. Kay realises she does love her husband and tries to break off the relationship. She and Mark argue, and Kay accidentally shoots him. With the help of her friend Daphne (Honor Blackman), she dumps his body into a ravine, then calls the police anonymously to tell them of its location.

Later, Neil gets a request from the police to help an amnesiac victim recovering from a gunshot wound; the man is Mark. Mark manages to regain his memory but does not betray Kay. Neil realises the truth as well, but is certain that his wife really loves him.



The film was based on a story by Alec Coppel which had been purchased by Mervyn Le Roy.[3] Le Roy described the film as a "woman's picture".[4]

Le Roy had trouble finding someone to play the leads because "it's so hard to find actresses who really look like ladies". Candidates were Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews and Jean Seberg.[4] The latter was selected; it was her first Hollywood movie in a number of years.[5][6]

Honor Blackman was cast on the basis of her success in Goldfinger. "If I'm ever to make an international name, now is the time to cash in on it," said Blackman.[4] Arthur Hill was coming off Broadway success in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Sean Garrison had just toured around the US in a production of Camelot and signed long term contracts with Le Roy and Universal. ("There are few young men who really look manly," said Le Roy).[4][7]

Shooting took place on location in the South of France, in Nice, Mougins, Cannes and St Pauls, and on Universal's backlot.[8] Costumes were provided by Yves St Laurent.

The title tune was written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer.

See also


  1. "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
  2. Moviemaker Wants to Know: Where Has Love Gone? Leroy, Mervyn. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Aug 1965: b9.
  3. 'Lilith' Producer Uses Varied Sites Tinee, Mae. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 18 Oct 1964: g11.
  4. "Romance Rides High in Moment'", The Pittsburgh Press - Jan 26, 1966 p 17 accessed 7 September 2014
  5. Jean Seberg: Out of Fiery Furnace Alpert, Don. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 14 Feb 1965: B4.
  6. Paris to Hollywood With No Stop at Marshalltown By PETER BART HOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 Mar 1965: X11.
  7. Looking at Hollywood: Sean Garrison of TV, Stage Set for Films Hopper, Hedda Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file); May 25, 1965; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune (1849-1990) pg. A1
  8. Tad Mosel Scripts 'Wapshot Scandals': Cheever Novels Combined; Cannes 'Moment to Moment' Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 26 Jan 1965: c7.
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