Any Wednesday

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Any Wednesday
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theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
Produced by Julius J. Epstein
Screenplay by Julius J. Epstein
Based on Any Wednesday (1964 play) 
by Muriel Resnik
Starring Jane Fonda
Jason Robards
Dean Jones
Music by George Duning (music)
Marilyn Bergman[1]
(lyrics "Any Wednesday")
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Stefan Arnsten
Production
  company
Warner Bros. Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)
  • November 13, 1966 (1966-11-13) (New York City)
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,500,000 (US/ Canada)[2]

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.[3]

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.

Plot[edit]

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, 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.

Cast[edit]

Cast notes:

  • Rosemary Murphy reprised her role as "Dorothy Cleves", which she played in the Broadway production.[3]

Production[edit]

Exterior location scenes for Any Wednesday were filmed in Manhattan, New York City.[4]

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.[5][3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Jane Fonda was nominated for a 1966 Golden Globe Award in the category "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy".[6]

Home video[edit]

On August 18, 2009, Warner Brothers released the movie on DVD as part of the Warner Archive Collection.

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Music" on TCM.com
  2. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
  3. ^ a b c "Any Wednesday" on the Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ "Notes" on TCM.com
  5. ^ Passfiume, Andrea. "Any Wednesday (1966)" (article) on TCM.com
  6. ^ "Awards"

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