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?
As this movie takes place a high-rise apartment, Jack Lemmon
's casting in the lead role in this movie was highly influenced by the fact that Lemmon had headlined fifteen years earlier the Best Picture Academy Award winning Billy Wilder
film of The Apartment
(1960). See more
The apartment building's supposed address, 385 East 88th Street, is actually nearer to First Avenue than to Second. See more
Drunk on what? They took the liquor!