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The Out of Towners (1970)

G | | Comedy | 28 May 1970 (USA)
An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Nichols ...
Ann Prentiss ...
Officer Meyers (as Phil Bruns)
Carlos Montalbán ...
Cuban Diplomat (as Carlos Montalban)
Robert King ...
Agent in Boston
Waiter - Train
Dolph Sweet ...
Police Sergeant
Police Officer (as Jack Crowder)
Jon Korkes ...


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When they take you for an out-of-towner, they really take you.




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28 May 1970 (USA)  »

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The Out-of-Towners  »

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One of around a half-a-dozen Neil Simon written films which have been remade. The movies include Plaza Suite (1971), The Odd Couple (1968), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and The Out of Towners (1970). See more »


As the couple exits a congested Grand Central Station in New York, a very large "Notice of Filming" disclosure sign is clearly visible on the door George storms through to the street. Such signs are commonly used whenever a film crew shoots in a practical location, in order to indemnify the production from any recourse from shooting real people in public places, but they are normally far out of the camera frame. See more »


George Kellerman: You know how long we were in line?
Gwen Kellerman: Two hours.
George Kellerman: Two hours. That's how long.
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: [hands a plate of food and coffee to a customer] Chicken sandwich and coffee.
George Kellerman: Can we see a menu, please?
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: We just got sandwiches and drinks.
George Kellerman: Oh. Eh, two Chicken sandwiches, please.
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: Sorry, no chicken.
George Kellerman: Isn't that chicken?
Waiter in Dining Car on Train: Yeah, that's chicken. But when he eats that, that's the end of the chicken.
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Referenced in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon (1988) See more »

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16 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My then 19 year old Son and I watched this movie on television about a year or so ago. I told him that he had to watch it because it was the funniest movie that I ever saw. He laughed so hard during the entire movie that I am and must find the DVD. This movie is a classic. It is a great movie to watch with one's family during the Holidays. A classic indeed. Another reason for me looking for this movie is that I have a girlfriend who at one point in her life was suing everyone that came across her path. That is what really got me on the search. Both Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis were a crack up. I loved her patience, while he was off on a rampage.

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