The story of Mel and Edna ('Jack Lemmon (I)' and Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted) and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle. Written by
...and you think you've got problems.
Did You Know?
The "Prisoner of Second Avenue" play was inspired by real life events relating to one of writer Neil Simon
's relatives, his then wife's uncle. The man was a businessman who wanted to set-up his own little newspaper in a small town. The venture failed, the uncle went bankrupt and had a nervous breakdown. See more
(at around 1h 12 mins) Harry's hands jump from being neatly interlaced on his lap to sprawled out on the chair arms. See more
The vice president in charge of my department used the same paper clip for six months. *Nobody* ever came to work late anymore. They were all afraid if you didn't show up, somebody'd sell your desk!