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The Out of Towners (1970) Poster

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Unlike many Neil Simon efforts, which were written as plays and then adapted into a film, Simon wrote this directly for the screen when he realized that a play would have difficulty portraying the many different locations involved.
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Near the end, as they finally arrive in their hotel room, you can see the Helmsley Bldg. which is the entrance to Grand Central Station out the window to the south. Nice touch.
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The stubs of the newly started towers of the World Trade Center, risen to 10 or so stories, are visible in the scenic view of Manhattan from the airplane. They are unmistakable because of their rusty red patina, which was still in place when the towers fell 32 years later.
The first airport scene showing the Kellerman's departure was filmed at MacArthur Airport in Islip, Long Island.
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Ron Carey's first film.
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Second of four appearances by Jack Lemmon in a film written by Neil Simon. The others were The Odd Couple (1968) and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) with The Odd Couple II (1998) being the last.
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Many of the smaller supporting roles were cast with well known comedians such as Anne Meara, Sandy Baron, Ann Prentiss, Paul Dooley, and Anthony Holland.
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First cinema feature of Paul Dooley.
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The story-line of "The Out of Towners" is not dis-similar to the later play and movie The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) which also starred Jack Lemmon in its film version.
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First of three Neil Simon written films directed by Arthur Hiller. The second was Plaza Suite (1971) whilst the third was The Lonely Guy (1984) which starred Steve Martin who also starred in this movie's remake The Out-of-Towners (1999).
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When George and Gwen are about to board the train, they pass an advert for Plaza Suite, which is another play by Neil Simon.
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Writer Neil Simon originally intended this to be a segment of the play of Plaza Suite (1971). It was entitled "Visitor from Toledo" and was intended to open the play on Broadway but was cut during the rehearsal period. Simon once described the one-act to the 'Newark Eveing News' as being "...about a man who came to New York from out of town and lost his luggage. He got there in the middle of a transit strike. It was snowing. So after he had checked into the Plaza [Hotel] he had this monologue. We put 'Plaza Suite' into rehearsal, and after about the fifth day [the director] 'Mike Nichols' said 'We just have too much show here. If we include that monologue, the curtain will be coming down at midnight'".
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The film's opening credits declare instead of "A film by" Arthur Hiller its "A Neil Simon story".
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An armed robber tries to send George & Gwen to the fictional "Hotel Ashmont," on 51st between Lexington and Third. This is the real location of the NYPD's 17th precinct headquarters.
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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).
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The film was remade twenty-nine years later. The remake The Out-of-Towners (1999) starred Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn in the parts played by Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.
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