|Directed by||Delbert Mann|
|Produced by||Douglas Laurence
|Written by||Evan Hunter (novel)
Dale Wasserman (screenplay)
|Music by||Kenyon Hopkins|
|Edited by||Fredric Steinkamp|
The film depicts a well-dressed man who finds himself on a bench in Central Park with no idea who he is. He proceeds to wander around Manhattan meeting women (Jean Simmons, Suzanne Pleshette, Katharine Ross, Angela Lansbury) as he desperately tries to figure out his own identity.
Waking up on a New York park bench, a man's mind is a total blank. He has no identification on him, just a slip of paper in his pocket with a phone number on it.
The number leads him to a woman, Gloria, who doesn't recognize the man but gives him some money out of pity. For the purpose of identifying himself, he invents a name out of thin air, spotting a Budweiser beer truck go by just as a jet plane passes overhead.
On the street, Buddwing spots a woman he thinks he knows and calls out "Grace!" to her. Her name is Janet, but a flashback of a romance with her from college days goes through Buddwing's mind. He experiences similar flashbacks after meeting Fiddle Corwin, an actress. They share a romantic fling, but images of her contemplating suicide flash through his mind.
The Blonde, a socialite, is on a scavenger hunt, just for kicks. Buddwing accompanies her to Harlem, where her goal is to get into a dice game. While there, a passing remark jogs Buddwing's memory. He recovers from the shock of an incident involving his wife and a pregnancy, ultimately remembering who and where he was before his blackout.
- James Garner as Mr. Buddwing
- Jean Simmons as The Blonde
- Suzanne Pleshette as Fiddle Corwin
- Katharine Ross as Janet
- Angela Lansbury as Gloria
- Jack Gilford as Mr. Schwartz
- Billy Halop as the 2nd cab driver
Awards and honors
- "NY Times: Mister Buddwing". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Mister Buddwing at the Internet Movie Database
- Mister Buddwing at AllMovie
- Mister Buddwing at the TCM Movie Database
- James Garner Interview on the Charlie Rose Show
- James Garner interview at Archive of American Television