The story of Mel and Edna (Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives, and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted), and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle.
...and you think you've got problems.
Did You Know?
Director Melvin Frank
said of this film in the Jack Lemmon
biography by Don Widener: "I'd been trying to do a film with Lemmon for years, but for one reason or another we never got together. I think Jack is one of the two great actors I've seen develop in my years in the business; the other is Brando. And I have always admired Bancroft; she's a great actress." See more
The apartment building's supposed address, 385 East 88th Street, is actually nearer to First Avenue than to Second. See more
God... God... God... God...
Can't you sleep?
If I could sleep would I be laying here calling God at 2:00 in the morning?
Referenced in Harry O: Street Games