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Evening Primrose (1966)

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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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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"Evening Primrose" was originally broadcast on the radio program "Escape" Nov. 5, 1947. Written by John Collier and staring Elliot Lewis, Paul Frees and Pat Lowerly. See more »

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The dialogue suggests that the film is set in 1940, when the short story upon which the movie is based was written. However, portions were filmed in a real store during off-hours, so there are countless things from the '60s featured throughout, including vehicles, clothing, hi-fi record players and other electronics, and the prominently featured book "Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum," which was first published in 1965. See more »

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Charles Snell: Were you born here?
Ella Harkins: No, I came when I was six.
Charles Snell: That's amazing. You renounced the world when you were six!
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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I Remember
Music By Stephen Sondheim
Swedish Lyrics By Beppe Wolgers
Sung By Zarah Leander
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Anthony Perkins Could Sing
10 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Odd mini-musical from Broadway giant Stephen Sondheim seems almost like an episode from "Twilight Zone." Story centers on a community of department store dwellers who hide during the day but come out at night and inhabit the store. Anthony Perkins pays a failed poet who stumbles upon this weird cult and falls in love (and finds his poetic voice) with the aged group's maid (Charmian Carr).

Several haunting songs highlight this outing with Perkins and Carr is good voice. The plaintive songs accent their new-found love and desire to leave the group and go outside. But no one is allowed to leave for fear of exposing the group and casting them all outside. Anyone suspected of leaving is gathered up by the "darkmen," another group that lives at a funeral home.

Perkins is a major surprise, showcasing a wonderful singing voice. Carr is also excellent as the maid held by the group against her will. Her "I Remember Sky" is especially good. Dorothy Stickney plays Mrs. Monday, the leader of the group who's been there for decades. Larry Gates is Roscoe and Margaretta Warwick is Bilby. Other old ladies include Margaret Bannerman, Dorothy Sands, and Margaret Barker.

Filmed at the Stern Brothers department store in New York City. This was originally shown on ABC's "Stage 67" series. The ending is quite chilling.


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