A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiancé and give him a chance.A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiancé and give him a chance.A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiancé and give him a chance.
But the womanizing frat boy gone to sea in Mister Roberts is behaving under acceptable standards. It's kind of expected that men act out their sexual fantasies being deprived of it when on sea duty. Those stories about sailors on shore leave aren't an exaggeration.
In Under the Yum Yum Tree it's as though Frank Pulver was left an inheritance of an apartment building which is obviously strategically located near a co-ed campus. What was acceptable behavior for Lemmon in Mister Roberts is unbelievable in this situation.
Try as he might Lemmon cannot make this character likable. He's a rich guy who never worked a day in his life which apparently is devoted to being a peeping tom in regard to all the beautiful young women he rents to. And he only rents to young women.
When you think about it, it's pretty darn scary. I can't believe one of these girls hasn't called the police on him.
On Broadway the play was a five character thing and only Dean Jones came over from Broadway. Lemmon, Carol Lynley's part, and Edie Adams part were taken by Gig Young, Sandra Church, and Nan Martin. Under the Yum Yum Tree had a respectable run of 173 performances on Broadway.
But if this is what the theater audience saw, how did it run so long?
- Sep 9, 2007