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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Any Wednesday (1966)

A wealthy businessman (Jason Robards) has a mistress (Jane Fonda) in Manhattan that he sees every Wednesday and a wife (Rosemary Murphy, recreating her stage role) in the suburbs. When a client (Dean Jones) of Robards' firm is accidentally given the key to Fonda's apartment, comedic complications ensue. In the 1950s and 1960s, innocuous Broadway sex comedies like THE MOON IS BLUE, MARY MARY, CACTUS FLOWER and this one usually had long Broadway runs before they made the trek to Hollywood. Today, most of them seem like tedious stage bound vehicles with three or four characters chattering ostensibly witty dialogue incessantly for two hours. The TV sitcom has pretty well depleted the popularity of the genre. This one is rather grating and one cringes for poor Jane Fonda as she pouts, cries and flaps her arms in an attempt to be adorable. On the stage, the role was played by Sandy Dennis (who won a Tony for the role) and her quirky persona might have brought something to the part. The art director (Alfred Sweeney) and set decorator (Claude Carpenter) have created a charming garden apartment setting and George Duning did the melodic cocktail lounge underscore. Directed by Robert Ellis Miller. With Ann Prentiss.

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