Something for Everyone

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Something for Everyone
Something for Everyone 1970.jpg
original theatrical poster
Directed by Harold Prince
Produced by John Flaxman
Written by Harry Kressing (novel)
Hugh Wheeler (screenplay)
Starring Angela Lansbury
Michael York
Anthony Higgins
Jane Carr
Heidelinde Weis
Music by John Kander
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Production
company
Distributed by National General Pictures
Release dates 22 July 1970 (New York City)
27 May 1971 (London)
Running time 112 min.
Country United States
Language English

Something for Everyone is a black comedy starring Angela Lansbury, Michael York, Anthony Higgins, and Jane Carr.

The film was based on the novel The Cook by Harry Kressing, with the screenplay written by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Harold Prince for Cinema Center Films, the film began shooting on 30 June 1969[1] and was originally released by National General Pictures in July 1970. Lansbury was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

In the UK, the film was retitled Black Flowers for the Bride (subtitle: A Comedy of Evil) and released in May 1971.[2] In 1990, a VHS of the film was issued.

Plot[edit]

A handsome young stranger, Konrad, is fascinated by a castle in an Austrian town. He tries to get a job working for Countess Herthe von Ornstein, who inherited it from her late husband, but due to financial difficulties the castle is closed.

Konrad schemes to become a chauffeur to the rich but gauche Pleschkes, seducing their beautiful daughter Anneliese. He then plots the death of a kindly employee of the Countess so that he can take the man's place.

Helmuth, a shy and attractive young man, and Lotte, a plain and annoying girl, are the Countess's children. Helmuth is gay and becomes Konrad's lover. Also continuing to see Anneliese on the side, Konrad comes to the Countess with a plot to have her son marry Anneliese, thereby obtaining a rich dowry from the Pleschkes that will enable her to reopen the castle.

The marriage occurs, but the honeymoon is a disaster. The scheme is about to fall apart when Konrad saves the day in his own diabolical way. The Countess herself becomes his new romantic interest, but another twist of fate awaits Konrad in the end.

Cast[edit]

Tagline[edit]

  • "Compared to them, the Macbeths were just plain folks and the Borgias were a nice Italian family."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ *http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/51412
  2. ^ Films in London volume 3 number 52, 30 May-12 June 1971
  3. ^ IMDB entry

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