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The Odd Couple
Director: Gene Saks (Dir)
Release Date:   1968
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 2 May 1968
Duration (in mins):   105
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Cast:   Jack Lemmon (Felix Ungar)  
    Walter Matthau (Oscar Madison)  
    John Fiedler (Vinnie)  
    Herbert Edelman (Murray)  
    David Sheiner (Roy)  
    Larry Haines (Speed)  
    Monica Evans (Cecily)  
    Carole Shelley (Gwendolyn)  
    Iris Adrian (Waitress)  
    Heywood Hale Broun (Sportswriter)  
    John C. Becher (Hotel clerk)  
    Roberto Clemente    
    Matty Alou    
    Maury Wills    
    Vernon Law    
    Ken Boyer    
    Bud Harrelson    
    Jerry Buchek    
    Ed Kranepool (Themselves, baseball players)  

Summary: Following the collapse of his marriage, TV newswriter Felix Ungar decides to commit suicide in a cheap hotel room near Times Square. He fails at even this, however, and dejectedly makes his way to the weekly poker game being held at the Riverside Drive apartment of his best friend, Oscar Madison, a divorced sportswriter. Felix accepts an invitation to share the 8-room apartment, but his hypochondria and his compulsion for order and cleanliness drive the slovenly Oscar to distraction, and the two men are soon quarreling. Eventually, Oscar suggests they double-date Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon, two giddy English sisters who also live in the building, and Felix agrees on the condition that he be permitted to cook dinner. The evening ends disastrously when Felix's meatloaf burns, and he breaks down into a sobbing account of his broken marriage that elicits sympathetic tears from the Pigeon sisters. Finally, Felix's refusal to accompany the women upstairs so enrages Oscar that he restores his apartment to its original disorder and throws Felix out. After Felix departs, the card-playing cronies turn on Oscar and criticize his harsh treatment of their friend. They conduct a futile search for Felix, but he suddenly reappears and announces that he is moving in with Cecily and Gwendolyn until he can straighten out his life. Once Felix has left, the "boys" sit down for their weekly poker game, and they are surprised when Oscar rebukes them for spilling ashes on the table. 

Production Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Gene Saks (Dir)
  Hank Moonjean (Asst dir)
Producer: Howard W. Koch (Prod)
Writer: Neil Simon (Scr)
Photography: Robert Hauser (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Hal Pereira (Art dir)
  Walter Tyler (Art dir)
Film Editor: Frank Bracht (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Robert R. Benton (Set dec)
  Ray Moyer (Set dec)
Costumes: Jack Bear (Cost des)
  John A. Anderson (Men's ward)
Music: Neal Hefti (Mus)
Sound: John Carter (Sd rec)
  Charles Grenzbach (Sd rec)
Special Effects: Paul K. Lerpae (Spec photog eff)
Make Up: Wally Westmore (Makeup supv)
  Harry Ray (Makeup artist)
  Jack Petty (Makeup artist)
  Nellie Manley (Hairstyle supv)
Production Misc: William C. Davidson (Unit prod mgr)
  Luanna Poole (Scr cont)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the play The Odd Couple by Neil Simon (New York, 10 Mar 1965).
Authors: Neil Simon

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Paramount Pictures 2/5/1968 dd/mm/yyyy LP36430

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd:
  Widescreen/ratio: Panavision

 
Genre: Comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Divorce
  English
  Friendship
  Hypochondria
  Marriage
  New York City--West Side
  Poker (Game)
  Reporters
  Roommates
  Sisters
  Sports reporters
  Suicide

Note: Exteriors filmed in Manhattan and at Shea Stadium. 

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