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|Directed by||Robert Ellis Miller|
|Produced by||Julius J. Epstein|
|Screenplay by||Julius J. Epstein|
|Based on||Any Wednesday (1964 play)
by Muriel Resnik
|Music by||George Duning (music)
(lyrics "Any Wednesday")
|Edited by||Stefan Arnsten|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$1,500,000 (US/ Canada)|
Any Wednesday is a 1966 romance/comedy film starring Jane Fonda, Jason Robards, and Dean Jones. It was directed by Robert Ellis Miller from a screenplay by producer Julius J. Epstein based on the hit play of the same name by Muriel Resnik, which played on Broadway for 984 performances from 1964 to 1966.
The story centers on a Manhattan woman (Fonda) who is trying to decide between two suitors, one married (Robards) and one not (Jones), on the day of her 30th birthday.
John Cleves (Jason Robards) is a businessman with an office in New York and a home in New Jersey. On one day of each week, Wednesday, he spends the night in the city, lying to wife Dorothy (Rosemary Murphy) that he is out of town on business when he actually is seeing Ellen, his mistress (Jane Fonda).
A business client from Akron, Ohio, Cass Henderson (Dean Jones), comes to town and is unable to find a hotel room for the night. Cleves' new secretary knows of an "executive suite" the boss maintains in town, so Cass is sent there for the night. When he meets Ellen, he mistakenly assumes she is a certain kind of lady hired by Cleves to entertain him.
The secretary compounds the error by telling Dorothy about the apartment. Dorothy goes there and discovers Ellen and Cass, assuming them to be a young couple. The women take a liking to each other so Dorothy invites them to spend an evening out on the town with her and John.
Dorothy eventually catches on to what her husband is up to and leaves him. Ellen invites her to use the apartment. John goes there and tries to win his wife's love back, but she just tells her husband to come visit her on any Wednesday.
- Jane Fonda as Ellen Gordon
- Jason Robards as John Cleves
- Dean Jones as Cass Henderson
- Rosemary Murphy as Dorothy Cleves
- Ann Prentiss as Miss Linsley
- Jack Fletcher as Felix
- King Moody as milkman
- Kelly Jean Peters as girl in museum
- Monty Margetts as nurse
- Rosemary Murphy reprised her role as "Dorothy Cleves", which she played in the Broadway production.
During the course of the 28-month run of the play Any Wednesday on Broadway, the role of Ellen was played by Sandy Dennis – who won a Tony Award for her performance – and Barbara Cook. Don Porter and Gene Hackman also appeared in it.
Awards and honors
On August 18, 2009, Warner Brothers released the movie on DVD as part of the Warner Archive Collection.
- Any Wednesday at the Internet Movie Database
- Any Wednesday at the TCM Movie Database
- Any Wednesday (play) at the Internet Broadway Database
- Any Wednesday at AllMovie