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 re-shoots. See more
When Lemmon enters the sleazy motel room where his wife is having a bender he presses the lower button on the old fashioned button type light switch to turn the light on. In fact, the electrical code called for the upper button to always be the ON button. See more
Well, anything worth having is worth suffering for, isn't it?
Days of Wine and Roses
Words by Johnny Mercer
Music by Henry Mancini
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