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In the Cool of the Day

John Houseman production was written for the screen from the novel by Susan Ertz. It concerns the romantic encounter that is briefly consummated during a mutual visit to Greece by an English book publisher (Peter Finch) who is taunted and tormented by a grudging, embittered, anti-social wife (Angela Lansbury), and a fragile American girl (Jane Fonda) who has been sheltered and protected to the point of absurdity by her adoring, but overly-finicky husband (Arthur Hill).

With:
Peter Finch Jane Fonda Angela Lansbury Constance Cummings Arthur Hill Alexander Knox

John Houseman production was written for the screen from the novel by Susan Ertz. It concerns the romantic encounter that is briefly consummated during a mutual visit to Greece by an English book publisher (Peter Finch) who is taunted and tormented by a grudging, embittered, anti-social wife (Angela Lansbury), and a fragile American girl (Jane Fonda) who has been sheltered and protected to the point of absurdity by her adoring, but overly-finicky husband (Arthur Hill).

Most of this romantic schmaltz is set against some interesting Greek scenery such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

Peter Newbrook photographs ruins well, but is less effective with people. For example, he manages to disregard the dancers’ legs in the course of a Grecian folk dance scene.

Lansbury gets off the best acting in the film as Finch’s sour, scarfaced wife. She stirs up the only fun in the generally sour proceedings. Fonda, sporting a Cleopatra haircut, is all passion and intensity. When she loves, boy, she really loves. Finch wears one expression. It appears to be boredom, which is understandable.

In the Cool of the Day

Production: M-G-M. Director Robert Stevens; Producer John Houseman; Screenplay Meade Roberts; Camera Peter Newbrook; Editor Thomas Stanford; Music Francis Chagrin

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: Peter Finch Jane Fonda Angela Lansbury Constance Cummings Arthur Hill Alexander Knox

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