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The April Fools

Jack Lemmon is both funny and touching as the mild-mannered stockbroker, tied to a nothing of a wife. Given a big promotion by his boss (Peter Lawford), he meets the latter's wife (Catherine Deneuve) at a stultifying cocktail party. She's bored and he doesn't know her real identity but they depart for a night of self-discovery.

With:
Jack Lemmon Catherine Deneuve Peter Lawford Jack Weston Myrna Loy Charles Boyer

Jack Lemmon is both funny and touching as the mild-mannered stockbroker, tied to a nothing of a wife. Given a big promotion by his boss (Peter Lawford), he meets the latter’s wife (Catherine Deneuve) at a stultifying cocktail party. She’s bored and he doesn’t know her real identity but they depart for a night of self-discovery.

In addition to Lemmon, comedians Jack Weston (as his lawyer) and Harvey Korman (as a drinking companion they encounter in the commuter train’s drinking car) provide their own brand of laughs and the contrasting styles of the three actors gives the plot most of its action.

Things slow down to a mere simmer, by contrast, in the romantic segments although Deneuve, in her first American film, is worth just looking at.

The April Fools

Production: Cinema Center/Jalem. Director Stuart Rosenberg; Producer Gordon Carroll; Writer Hal Dresner; Camera Michel Hugo Editor Bob Wyman; Music Marvin Hamlisch Art Richard Sylbert

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Jack Lemmon Catherine Deneuve Peter Lawford Jack Weston Myrna Loy Charles Boyer

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