The April Fools

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The April Fools
The April Fools.jpg
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Produced by Gordon Carroll
Carter De Haven Jr. (associate producer)
Written by Hal Dresner
Starring Jack Lemmon
Catherine Deneuve
Myrna Loy
Peter Lawford
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Cinematography Michel Hugo
Edited by Bob Wyman
Production
  company
Cinema Center Films
Distributed by National General Pictures
Release date(s)
  • May 28, 1969 (1969-05-28)
Running time 95 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

The April Fools is a 1969 romantic comedy film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve. It was directed by Stuart Rosenberg.

Plot[edit]

Howard Brubaker (Lemmon) is married to Phyllis (Sally Kellerman), who doesn't love him. Catherine (Deneuve) is the stunning wife of an equally uncaring husband, Howard's philandering boss Ted Gunther (Peter Lawford).

At a house party hosted by Ted, he urges Howard to pick up an available woman at the party and proceeds to show him how. Howard reluctantly tries it on Catherine, who instantly accepts.

The two find their marriages are loveless as they discover more about each other that night and decide to run away together. But Howard doesn't realise Catherine is his boss's wife until he is about to board the plane with her to Paris.

Cast and characters[edit]

As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):

Actor Role
Jack Lemmon Howard Brubaker
Catherine Deneuve Catherine Gunther
Peter Lawford Ted Gunther
Myrna Loy Grace Greenlaw
Charles Boyer Andre Greenlaw
Jack Weston Potter Shrader
Sally Kellerman Phyllis Brubaker
Gary Dubin Stanley Brubaker
Melinda Dillon Leslie Hopkins
Kenneth Mars Les Hopkins
David Doyle Orlow P. Walters
Susan Barrett Singer
Dee Gardner Naomi Jackson
Harvey Korman Matt Benson
Lisa Todd Safari Club Waitress

The 1980 Rosenberg film Brubaker's title character is also named H. Brubaker, there played by Robert Redford.

Reception[edit]

The New York Times review said, "The April Fools, written by Hal Dresner and directed by Stuart Rosenberg, manipulates its stereotypes with elegance and style. ... The best things in the movie, however, are the extraordinarily good supporting performances by Peter Lawford (Miss Deneuve's husband), Jack Weston, Harvey Korman, Sally Kellerman, and by two stars who invented movie elegance almost 30 years ago, Charles Boyer and Myrna Loy." [2]

Soundtrack[edit]

The April Fools
Performed by Dionne Warwick
Written by Burt Bacharach

I Say a Little Prayer
Written by Burt Bacharach

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
  2. ^ "'April Fools' Arrive" N.Y. Times Review, May 29, 1969 http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F01E3DC1E3AEE34BC4151DFB3668382679EDE

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