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Evening Primrose (1966)

TV Movie  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Musical  |  16 November 1966 (USA)
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A man becomes part of a secret society of people who live in a department store and quickly falls in love with their leader's young maid.

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Dorothy Stickney ...
Mrs. Monday
Larry Gates ...
Roscoe Potts
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Margaret Bannerman ...
Store Person
Margaret Barker ...
Store Person
Leonard Elliott ...
Store Person
Mike Meola ...
The Guard
Dorothy Sands ...
Store Person
Margaretta Warwick ...
Store Person
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A young poet gets the brilliant idea to live in a department store, hiding by day, and courting his muse by night where it's quiet, and he can have all his needs met. But, to his surprise, he learns his brilliant idea's not exactly original; there are other residents who dodge the night watchmen, and who keep their existence secret at all costs. And one of them is a young woman who wants to leave, but is to frightened to go. And Charles finds that he wants to show her the larger world outside. Written by Kathy Li

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A musical play about a mystical night society. See more »


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The movie was originally supposed to be filmed at Macy's Department Store in New York City. Rehearsals were held there and footage of star Anthony Perkins was shot outside of Macy's on September 25, 1966 (available as an extra on the Entertainment One DVD release), but ultimately permission to film in the store was denied. Production then moved to the (now defunct) Stern Brothers department store in Manhattan. See more »

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As Charles wanders into the busy department store, several patrons stop and stare directly into the camera. See more »

Quotes

The Judge: An intruder!
Mrs. Bilby: Call the dark men!
Miss McLeash: Yes, call the dark men!
The Judge: Call the dark men!
Roscoe Potts: That's for Mrs. Monday to decide.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me to the World (reprise)
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Charmian Carr & Anthony Perkins
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Definitely worth the discovery
26 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

By all means not mind-blowingly amazing, more interesting and good. There are moments of clumsy direction, especially with the mannequins, the special effects are rather substandard and hindered by budget and Charmian Carr's singing voice sometimes did sound on the weak side. The settings are decent though for its budget and give the production a creepy but also melancholic look. The stage direction succeeds in being frightening and poignant, while the photography is decent and the sound while it could have been sharper was serviceable enough. Anthony Perkins is charming and commanding with a pleasant singing voice- just 6 years since playing one of Hitchcock's creepiest and most iconic villains in Psycho-, and Charmian Carr is an attractive partner for him with her acting faring better than her singing. Dorothy Stickney deftly-characterises and seems to be having fun with her role. Stephen Sondheim's score and songs though are the real star, and while not one of his best scores they are of high quality, I Remember and Take Me to the World are outstanding. Overall, not a classic but worth discovering. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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