The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker

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The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker
The Marriage Of A Young Stockboker.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lawrence Turman
Produced by Lawrence Turman
Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr
Charles Webb
Starring Richard Benjamin
Joanna Shimkus
Elizabeth Ashley
Adam West
Patricia Barry
Music by Fred Karlin
Cinematography Laszlo Kovacs
Edited by Fredric Steinkamp
Release date(s) United States August 19, 1971
Running time 95 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,230,000[1] or $1.5 million[2]

The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971) is an American film released by Twentieth Century Fox, a comedy romance based on a novel by Charles Webb. It was directed and produced by Lawrence Turman, whose credits most notably include producing 1967's high-grossing hit The Graduate (1967), which also was adapted from a book by Webb.

It starred Richard Benjamin in the title role and Joanna Shimkus as his beleaguered wife, with Adam West, Elizabeth Ashley, Patricia Barry, and Tiffany Bolling in supporting roles.

Synopsis[edit]

The story mainly deals with the crumbling marriage of William Alren (Richard Benjamin) and his wife Lisa (Joanna Shimkus), and how William uses voyeurism and extra-marital affairs to "spice up" his marriage. William gives up his career as a stockbroker, and takes up voyeurism full-time.

After putting up with her husband's various dalliances, Lisa is advised by her outspoken sister Nan (Elizabeth Ashley) to get a divorce. Nan's own marriage to Chester (Adam West) is in no better shape than Lisa's and equally on the rocks. The film ends with William and Lisa reunited, but not before Lisa finally gets "revenge" on her husband.

Critical reception[edit]

Critic Leonard Maltin felt that while the film was a "humorous and sad depiction of marital breakdown," the cast was let down by a script that "seems uncertain as to what point it wants to drive across" (Maltin, 1991: 769). Steven Scheuer concurred somewhat, saying that while the film was "occasionally amusing" it also tended to be "generally heavy-handed" (Scheuer, 1990: 672).

Roger Greenspun generally found the picture to be miscast, especially Richard Benjamin, feeling that while he is "a good comedian [he is] miscast [in this role]" (Greenspun, 1971). He also thought it closer to an "unsuccessful television pilot" than a movie, in terms of its treatment of themes such as "sexual mechanics, the mechanics of marital supremacy, [and] the nuclear family as a machine for getting on in the suburbs" (Greenspun, 1971). Leslie Halliwell called it a "sardonic adult comedy of the battle of the sexes" (Halliwell, 2000: 522).

References[edit]

  • Greenspun, Roger (1971) The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker The New York Times, August 20, 1971. (accessed 6 April 2008). [1]
  • Halliwell, Leslie (2000) Walker, John (ed.) Halliwell's Film & Video Guide 2001, HarperCollinsEntertainment, London.
  • Maltin, Leonard (1991) Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 1992, Signet, New York.
  • Scheuer, Steven H. (1990) Movies on TV and Videocassette, Bamtam Books, New York.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p256
  2. ^ But They Still Say 'Larry Who?': They Say 'Larry Who?' By ALJEAN HARMETZHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 24 Jan 1971: D13.

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