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The April Fools Details


Virtually the first third of The April Fools takes place at a trendy party held by sharkish executive Ted Gunther (Peter Lawford). It is here that Howard Brubaker (Jack Lemmon), one of Gunther's employees, makes the acquaintance of the boss' lovely young trophy wife Catherine (Catherine Deneuve). It happens that Brubaker is unhappily wed to Phyllis (Sally Kellerman, who gives an excellent performance in an essentially one-note role) and that Catherine is equally unhappy in her relationship with Gunther. The two lost souls run off together, planning to fly to Paris. There's approximately 25 minutes' worth of plot in The April Fools; much of the leftover time is eaten up by a protracted drunken-driving sequence involving suburban hubbies Lemmon, Jack Weston, Harvey Korman and Kenneth Mars, and by a lengthy episode featuring Charles Boyer and Myrna Loy as a robust, free-thinking elderly married couple. Some good dialogue, notably Lemmon's shaggy-dog story about goldfish and Chinese food, cannot hide the slightness of the piece. Still, a great many filmgoers were charmed by The April Fools. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 28, 1969


Jack Lemmon
as Howard Brubaker
Catherine Deneuve
as Catherine Gunther
Peter Lawford
as Ted Gunther
Jack Weston
as Potter Shrader
Myrna Loy
as Grace Greenlaw
Charles Boyer
as Andre Greenlaw
Harvey Korman
as Benson
Melinda Dillon
as Leslie Hopkins
Kenneth Mars
as Don Hopkins
Janice Carroll
as Mimsy Shrader
David F. Doyle
as Walters
Gary Dubin
as Stanley Brubaker
Dee Gardner
as Secretary
Kenneth Mars
as Les Hopkins
Sally Kellerman
as Phyllis Brubaker
Nancy Howard
as Connie Archer
Sally Kellerman
as Phyllis Brubaker
Kenneth Mars
as Les Hopkins


Stuart Rosenberg
Gordon Carroll
Hal Dresner
Hal Dresner
Screen Story
Michel Hugo
Burt Bacharach
Composer (Music Score)
Burt Bacharach
Marvin Hamlisch
Composer (Music Score)
Bob Wyman
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Robert Luthardt
Art Director
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Larry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
Hank Moonjean
First Assistant Director