The April Fools
|The April Fools|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Stuart Rosenberg|
|Produced by||Gordon Carroll
Carter De Haven Jr. (associate producer)
|Written by||Hal Dresner|
|Music by||Marvin Hamlisch|
|Edited by||Bob Wyman|
|Distributed by||National General Pictures (1969, original)
CBS Films (2014, DVD)
|Box office||$4.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)|
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).
The very evening of the same day Ted promotes Howard, 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 leave the party for the evening and go out for a little adventure on the town, while Ted is oblivious, as he is concentrating on other women at the party.
The two find their marriages are loveless as they discover more about each other that night and decide to run away together the next evening. But Ted doesn't realize the other man is Howard until Howard is about to board the plane with Catherine to go to Paris.
Cast and characters
As appearing in screen credits (main roles identified):
|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|
|Dee Gardner||Naomi Jackson|
|Harvey Korman||Matt Benson|
|Lisa Todd||Safari Club Waitress|
The female lead was originally going to be played by Shirley MacLaine but she was not available due to commitments on Sweet Charity and campaigning for Robert F. Kennedy. Catherine Deneuve was cast instead.
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."
The April Fools was released to DVD by Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment on January 28th 2014 as a Region 1 Widescreen DVD.
- "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
- Lemmon Chooses Co-Star for 'Fools' Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 25 June 1968: f6.
- "'April Fools' Arrive" N.Y. Times Review, May 29, 1969 http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F01E3DC1E3AEE34BC4151DFB3668382679EDE