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The Out of Towners (1970)

G | | Comedy | 28 May 1970 (USA)
An Ohio sales executive accepts a higher position within the company and travels to New York City with his wife for his job interview but things go wrong from the start.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Kellerman
... Gwen Kellerman
... TV Man
... Woman in Police Station
Robert Nichols ... Man in Airplane
Ann Prentiss ... Airline Stewardess
... Cab Driver - Boston
... Officer Meyers (as Phil Bruns)
... Murray
Carlos Montalbán ... Cuban Diplomat (as Carlos Montalban)
Robert King ... Agent in Boston
... Waiter - Train
... Police Sergeant
... Police Officer (as Jack Crowder)
... Looter
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George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation. Working for a plastics company, George believes he is a shoo-in for the company's Vice-President of Sales, New York Division job, a position located in New York City. George is looking forward to their future life in New York City, with all the amenities and benefits living in the big city has to offer. For George's 9 am interview, George and Gwen plan on taking a flight that lands in New York at 8 pm the evening before, which gives them time for dinner at New York's finest restaurant, The Four Seasons, and a comfortable night's stay at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel before the interview. But nothing on this trip goes according to plan. In fact, what can go wrong, does. Because of circumstances, it even looks as if George may miss his... Written by Huggo

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When they take you for an out-of-towner, they really take you.

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Writer Neil Simon originally intended this to be a segment of the play of Plaza Suite (1971). It was entitled "Visitor from Toledo" and was intended to open the play on Broadway but was cut during the rehearsal period. Simon once described the one-act to the 'Newark Eveing News' as being "...about a man who came to New York from out of town and lost his luggage. He got there in the middle of a transit strike. It was snowing. So after he had checked into the Plaza [Hotel] he had this monologue. We put 'Plaza Suite' into rehearsal, and after about the fifth day [the director] 'Mike Nichols' said 'We just have too much show here. If we include that monologue, the curtain will be coming down at midnight'". See more »

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When George and Gwen Kellermen are walking in the rain to Waldorf Hotel and Gwen stops to look at garbage on the street, a thick microphone wire is visible extending from George's suit. See more »

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George Kellerman: My wife can verify that. Gwen?
Gwen Kellerman: I can verify that.
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One of the funniest films ever made
26 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

A classic and one of the funniest films ever made. Directed by Arthur Hiller in that dead-end style of his, (the best that could be said for him was that he knew how to point a camera and keep his actors in front of it), but it's got a cracker of a script by Neil Simon and two of the greatest comic performances ever put on film by Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis.

They play two small-town Americans who think promotion and a life in New York is Nirvana itself when in fact it is a hell that even Dante could not envisage and no-one can capture the comedy of escalating awfulness better than Simon, at least in America. In Britain, this is the terrain of Alan Ayckbourne.

It's really nothing more than a series of strung together gags but Lemmon and Dennis are great farceurs and Simon knows how to build the jokes one on top of the other. There is nothing original about the film but then who needs originality.


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