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The April Fools (1969)

In New York, newly-promoted Wall Street broker Howard Brubaker is invited by his boss Ted Gunther to come to his apartment. However, there is a party and Howard feels uncomfortable and out ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Howard Brubaker
... Catherine Gunther
... Ted Gunther
... Potter Shrader
... Grace Greenlaw
... Andre Greenlaw
... Les Hopkins
... Leslie Hopkins
... Matt Benson
... Phyllis Brubaker
... Stanley Brubaker
Janice Carroll ... Mimsy Shrader
Dee Gardner ... Naomi Jackson
... Orlow P. Walters
Susan Barrett ... Singer


In New York, newly-promoted Wall Street broker Howard Brubaker is invited by his boss Ted Gunther to come to his apartment. However, there is a party and Howard feels uncomfortable and out of place. Ted's wife Catherine is amused with Howard and he invites her to have a drink in a club. Howard opens up about his loveless marriage, as does Catherine. When the pair meet Grace and Andre Greenlaw, who've been happily married for many years, they decide to travel to Paris to start a new life together. Will they leave their marriages behind? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He has a wife. She has a husband. With so much in common they just have to fall in love. See more »


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28 May 1969 (USA)  »

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Catherine Deneuve's part was originally intended for Shirley MacLaine. See more »


Howard Brubaker: I never was very good with animals. I got this dog that barks at me when I come home. Well, that isn't as strange as it sounds. He came with the house. He belonged to the former owner. And he doesn't know that I'm his master. He thinks I'm a prowler... so he barks.
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Charming (If Uneven) Confection With a Cast That Doesn't Quit
30 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Whatever praise - and criticism - has been directed at this film in other comments here is pretty much right on. But the elements considered by some as flaws need not necessarily be bothersome; they aren't to me. That all of the supporting characters are rather broadly drawn caricatures works, I think, because it leaves Lemmon and Deneuve, at the heart of the story, the only seemingly real people in it, one might say. Isn't that the way love is sometimes? Maybe everyone around you thinks you're nuts (hence the title?), but to the smitten couple, the exact opposite seems the case.

What we really have here is the late-60s equivalent of screwball romantic comedy. As such, it's full of colorful characters and unlikely situations, with a good dose of social satire thrown in - with marriage, in particular, under the microscope. We have high-powered executive Lawford and Deneuve, his neglected trophy wife; put-upon suburbanite Lemmon and Kellerman, his self-absorbed, psychobabble-spouting spouse; Weston trying to be the assertive "man of the house" with his bickering "Mimsy;" Loy and Boyer as the long-married and still very much in love eccentrics. But THE APRIL FOOLS isn't about marriage, of course; it's about love.

If you can find this picture, which is pretty hard to do as of this writing, it will reward with wonderful moments, delivered by a varied cast which pretty much represents the spectrum of players: the just-emerging Kellerman, Dillon and Mars; Lemmon, Lawford and Weston in their prime and old pros Boyer and Loy. Deneuve finds herself in an unfamiliar milieu here, but with her character that works in her favor. It's unexpected - and thoroughly amusing - when she suddenly lashes out at Mars: "Leesen, if you toush me agayne, I'll geev you a sock-in-the-eye!"

My favorite moment: Lemmon's awkward attempt to be suave and "come on" to a sexy blond at Lawford's swanky party. The payoff is priceless.

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