i love these types of comedies so much. where every single character is dumb and unhinged and chaotic. the odd couple is like: walter matthau is GROSS and UNTIDY. jack lemmon is NEAT and CLEAN. and get this? get this.... they become ROOMMATES!!!!! and i absolutely lap it up every time
After his aborted suicide attempt, Felix enters a club called the Metropole Cafe. This is a real establishment in New York City, located at 7th Ave. and 48th St., that was a jazz club--Gene Krupa played there regularly and was reportedly a part-owner-- from 1954-65, before it spent a couple of years as a strip club, then its final years as a rock music nightclub with go-go dancers (as it was featured in the film) before closing permanently shortly after this movie was filmed.
One of five Neil Simon-written films produced by Howard W. Koch and all for Paramount Pictures. The movies include Plaza Suite (1971), Star Spangled Girl (1971), The Odd Couple (1968), Come Blow Your Horn (1963) and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972).
An odd couple of a vampire city councilman and his Fae chief of staff prepare for a mayoral candidacy. However, Felix wonders at the disappearance of an in-house employee hired to keep people out of Oscar's basement during daylight hours.
The Odd Couple (1968) was written by Neil Simon, based on his play The Odd Couple, and directed by Gene Saks. It starred Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman, David Sheiner and Larry Haines. Running time: 105 minutes.
-The part of Oscar's ex-wife Blanche was portrayed by Brett Somers, Klugman's own wife. The real-life couple were separated during the run of the show. Somers, of course, was a staple on the comedic quiz show The Match Game.
Revered older films can put you in a tight situation. Confessing you don't like them is tantamount to cinematic sacrilege. Claiming you love them and citing them as favorites paints you as either a snob or a follower. Comedies often pose an even greater challenge. Since most aim to bring you regular merriment and what's funny in a moment rarely remains so years later, can you fully celebrate the genre's so-called classics while being true to your tastes? Sometimes, the answer is a definite "yes." That's the case for The Odd Couple, a movie that turned 40 last year but continues to entertain as if it was written for the 21st century.Adapted from Neil Simon's Tony-winning 1965 Broadway play and itself adapted into a five-season ABC sitcom, the Odd Couple film centers on Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison, two very different divorced men who become roommates. Felix (Jack Lemmon) is a neurotic neat freak, Oscar (Walter Matthau) is a laid-back slob. That may sound like a recipe for formulaic disaster and obvious comedy, but this film chooses a far more satisfying and original path.The first 45 minutes take place on an eventful July night. Felix has just been given a fate of divorce from his wife. As someone whose world revolves around his spouse and children, Felix takes the news harshly. That's just what Oscar and his four poker buddies fear when they hear about the situation and notice Felix is uncharacteristically late for the routine gathering. When Felix eventually does show up at Oscar's sweltering 12th floor Manhattan apartment, the gang takes unusual pains to avoid stoking any suicidal urges within their friend. Having taken some time to start up, once the hilarity begins here, it continues regularly without ever letting up.Of course Felix doesn't end his life, instead accepting the invitation to move into Oscar's spacious 8-room residence. The clash of personalities is palpable from the start, but the film gives it time to grow naturally and organically. Indeed it does, with Felix's penchant for cooking, cleaning, and clearing out his sinuses gradually grating on the nerves of his ordinarily carefree roommate. No plot synopsis can do justice to how cleverly things play out. Though the phrase "odd couple" has long been in our cultural vocabulary and so many artistic creations have mined opposites for laughs, first-time viewers will be pleasantly surprised by how subtle and special Simon's script remains today and how successful the film is at bringing it to life. There really isn't an aspect of this movie that disappoints, but some shine especially bright. Figuring high in that class is Simon's Oscar-nominated screenplay. The playwright didn't stray far from what he wrote for the stage, but he didn't have to. The gold of Simon's words and scenarios glistens in the skillful turns of Lemmon and Matthau. With such a solid foundation, you might assume anyone paid to act could earn raves merely by remembering their lines. To some degree, that might be true, but Lemmon and Matthau excel by avoiding performance. They are so natural and seemingly unrehearsed in their deliveries that you never for a moment doubt that they are these characters. More importantly, you believe that Felix and Oscar are real humans with concerns, unseen lives outside the tense apartment showdowns, and convincingly divergent ways of dealing with their dilemmas.Lemmon and Matthau rightfully earn the lion's share of the praise, as they carry the film almost double-handedly. But the few supporting actors seize their limited screentime to make comedic impact as well. Helping here are John Fiedler as henpecked vacationer Vinnie, Herb Edelman as Murray the cop, and Monica Evans and Carole Shelley as the Pigeon sisters, Felix and Oscar's giggly British neighbors. (Like Matthau, Evans and Shelley were also part of the original Broadway cast. Unlike Matthau and anyone else from the film, they held onto the roles for ABC's long-running sitcom.)The film also deserves credit for how it translates the play into real-world settings. Director Gene Saks moves us around Oscar's makeshift Riverside Drive bachelor pad with impressive adroitness and minimal cuts. While the film takes us outside the apartment for a few scenes (something the play doesn't do), much of it still resides within the same walls. Yet it doesn't feel stuffy or staged thanks to the fluid direction and the sharp pacing of the always-lively dialogue. Viewers aren't apt to notice this achievement, but by not charging the proceedings with being stilted, static, or artificial, they're processing this information as intended. The Odd Couple was an instant hit with audiences. In addition to Simon's adapted screenplay nod, it received a Best Editing Academy Award nomination. The film got more recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press, who included both Lemmon and Matthau in the Best Actor (Musical/Comedy) category and the film in Best Picture (again with the Musical/Comedy distinction) race of the Golden Globes. (Oliver! and its star Ron Moody kept it shut out of statues, however.) There is no doubt that The Odd Couple has aged more gracefully than most of the works of its time. It's remarkable how little the film is dated, but then that helps to explain why Simon's play has been twice revived on Broadway and continues to be performed around the globe.The American Film Institute ranked the movie 17th on its "100 Years... 100 Laughs" list in 2000. That is an honor, although frankly none of the sixteen works that placed higher on the chart has made me laugh nearly as much.The Odd Couple became the second of ten films on which Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau would collaborate. The first was Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie and the last was 1998's coolly-received The Odd Couple II.Over eight years after its DVD debut, The Odd Couple gets revisited this week as part of the third wave of Paramount's Centennial Collection. The number 7 emblazons its black and gold spine, identifying this as the seventh film in the line of classics that the studio launched last fall.
Oscar invites Felix to live with him, but the two men are very different: Felix is a cleanliness and tidiness freak and a proud chef. Oscar is a slob living on rotting food and proud of it. They soon start irritating each other, but the living arrangement is most severely tested when Oscar invites a couple of ladies over for a fun evening and Felix ruins the jovial mood with excessive sentimentality.
A list of the most memorable music Hefti wrote must surely begin with the theme to the Batman (1966-68) TV series. A former jazz trumpeter, he scored both the film version and spin off series of Barefoot In The Park (1967) and The Odd Couple (1968) amongst many other productions. 781b155fdc