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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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Stickney ...
Mrs. Monday
Larry Gates ...
Roscoe Potts
Margaret Bannerman ...
Store Person
Margaret Barker ...
Store Person
Leonard Elliott ...
Store Person
Mike Meola ...
The Guard
Dorothy Sands ...
Store Person
Margaretta Warwick ...
Store Person


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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When the lights go out, they come alive! 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 »


During "If You Can Find Me, I'm Here," Anthony Perkins wraps a scarf around his neck. In subsequent shots the scarf's gone. See more »


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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Version of ABC Stage 67: Evening Primrose (1966) See more »


Take Me to the World (reprise)
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Charmian Carr & Anthony Perkins
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27 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On Mandy Patinkin's 1987 CD Dress Casual, the music from Evening Primrose is sung by the two great interpreters of Sondheim's music: Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. It was a wonderful introduction to the songs. The CD itself suffers from something common in his albums, a too-large modulation in volume, which is forever causing you to turn the volume up, then down, then up again.

But the singing itself is gorgeous. These are two magnificent voices singing music representative of Broadway's best composer, and it's a wonder we haven't heard the tunes more often in the many tributes to Sondheim. The plot idea is as old as Greek mythology, and over-used. Anyone interested in Sondheim at all should get a listen to this CD.

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