Something for Everyone
|Something for Everyone|
original theatrical poster
|Directed by||Harold Prince|
|Produced by||John Flaxman|
|Written by||Harry Kressing (novel)
Hugh Wheeler (screenplay)
|Music by||John Kander|
|Cinema Center Films|
|Distributed by||National General Pictures|
|Release date(s)||22 July 1970 (New York City)
27 May 1971 (London)
|Running time||112 min.|
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 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. In 1990, a VHS of the film was issued.
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.
- Angela Lansbury as Countess Herthe von Ornstein
- Michael York as Konrad
- Anthony Higgins as Helmuth (billed as Anthony Corlan)
- Jane Carr as Lotte
- Heidelinde Weis as Anneliese
- John Gill as Mr. Pleschke
- Eva Maria Meineke as Mrs. Pleschke
- Klaus Havenstein as Rudolph
- "Compared to them, the Macbeths were just plain folks and the Borgias were a nice Italian family."
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