Joe Clay is a top-notch public-relations man. Anything a client wants, Joe can arrange, from dancing girls to an article in a prominent magazine. But part of the job is drinking, and Joe's ability to consume alcohol seems boundless. When he meets the very pretty Kirsten Arnesen, she prefers chocolate to alcohol; Joe's solution is Brandy Alexander, which is made up of brandy and crème de cacao. Joe and Kirsten eventually marry, but their love can't prevent the downward spiral brought on by alcohol. They try desperately to break the habit but continually relapse until only one of them manages to break free.
This, in its own terrifying way, is a love story.
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Did You Know?
The cast and crew were very concerned that the bleak ending would be changed. Director Blake Edwards
recalled for Entertainment Weekly magazine, that studio head Jack L. Warner
wanted a lighter ending, but he came into a screening with a very attractive date who blasted the decision. Warner reluctantly gave in. In addition, Jack Lemmon
purposely flew to Paris after filming had wrapped so he would be "unavailable" for reshoots. See more
At the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, both Jim and Joe say their full names; last names are usually not used in AA meetings, which is how people remain "anonymous". See more
It's facing all the people.
What do you mean?
Well, it's facing yourself, isn't it?
Referenced in Heart and Soul
I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Played while Joe's on the telephone at the restaurant See more