Review: ‘The War Between Men and Women’

The love affair Melville Shevelson and Danny Arnold originally had with the works of the late James Thurber, in their Emmy-winning My World and Welcome to It series, continues in this amusing clambake of a Thurber-like character portrayed by Jack Lemmon. The War between Men and Women comes off as a firstrate comedy peopled by some delicious humans, as well as a pregnant pooch.

The love affair Melville Shevelson and Danny Arnold originally had with the works of the late James Thurber, in their Emmy-winning My World and Welcome to It series, continues in this amusing clambake of a Thurber-like character portrayed by Jack Lemmon. The War between Men and Women comes off as a firstrate comedy peopled by some delicious humans, as well as a pregnant pooch.

A longer fantasy sequence dramatizes Thurber’s The Last Flower. Insertions are logically introduced and considerably enliven the action as a novelty device.

Lemmon is an acerbic and grumpy NY writer and cartoonist whose failing eyesight and unflattering way of dealing with women in his works make him a natural for arousing the interest of Barbara Harris. Her children, even the dog, are unfriendly, and further problems arise when the near-bride’s former spouse arrives during the marriage ceremony and stays on.

The War Between Men and Women

Production

Cinema Center. Director Melville Shavelson; Producer Danny Arnold; Screenplay Melville Shavelson, Danny Arnold; Camera Charles F. Wheeler; Editor Frank Bracht; Music Marvin Hamlisch Art Dir Stan Jolley

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1972. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Jack Lemmon Barbara Harris Jason Robards Herb Edelman Severn Darden Lisa Eilbacher
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