The film depicts a day and a half in Harry Stoner's life. Harry is down on his luck, and trapped in his own indulgences. He daydreams about his youth, trying to escape from the fact that business is rotten and his company owes bundles of money. His day is filled with unusual episodes as he picks up a hitchhiker/prostitute, arranges for his company's warehouse to burn down so he can collect the insurance-money, he hires strippers for his buddies and gets engaged in an animal rights campaign, a fashion show and experiences a rather uncomfortable flashback to the war. Written by
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Juggle the books. Set fire to the factory. Supply women for the clients. Harry Stoner will do anything to get one more season.
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Did You Know?
According to Richard Harland Smith
at the TCMDb Turner Classics Movies website, "[Jack] Lemmon had championed the project against the better judgment of Paramount, who wanted nothing to do with what was considered a message picture and a downer at that. After two years of lobbying, Lemmon, John G. Avildsen
and Steve Shagan
(who also signed on as a producer) were given a parsimonious one million dollar budget. To stretch the funds, Lemmon volunteered to work for union scale, at $165 per week plus a percentage of the profits". See more
At 24:01, Harry makes coffee and frame jumps from adding sugar to stirring without putting the sugar down. See more
Are you OK? Do you want something?
Yes. I want that girl in a Cole Porter song. I wanna see Lena Horne at the Cotton Club - hear Billie Holiday sing fine and mellow - walk in that kind of rain that never washes perfume away. I wanna be in love with something. Anything. Just the idea. A dog, a cat. Anything. Just something.
I Can't Get Started
Composed by Vernon Duke
& Ira Gershwin
Performed by Bunny Berigan
Original recording courtesy of RCA Records See more