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The Prisoner of Second Avenue Details


A lesser but still entertaining [[Performer~P111573~Neil Simon~neilsimon]] work, The Prisoner of Second Avenue was adapted to film in 1974. [[Performer~P99306~Jack Lemmon~jacklemmon]] takes over the role played on Broadway by [[Performer~P22575~Peter Falk~peterfalk]]: Mel is a New York-based advertising man who goes through hell when he loses his job. The gods seem to conspire against him as he tries to cope with his unemployed status; he is particularly depressed over the fact that he must now subsist on the income of his wife ([[Performer~P80576~Anne Bancroft~annebancroft]]). There are laughs in The Prisoner of Second Avenue, but it's the laughter of desperation and despair; it might not be advisable to watch this film after a bad day at the office. Watch for [[Performer~P112464~Sylvester Stallone~sylvesterstallone]] as the "human punch line" of an old urban legend about a pickpocket. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Jack Lemmon
as Mel
Anne Bancroft
as Edna
Gene Saks
as Harry
Elizabeth Wilson
as Pauline
Florence Stanley
as Pearl
Stack Pierce
as Detective
Gene Blakely
as Charlie
Sylvester Stallone
as Youth in Park
Maxine Stuart
as Belle
F. Murray Abraham
Ivor Francis
as Psychiatrist
M. Emmet Walsh


Melvin Frank
Melvin Frank
Neil Simon
Play Author
Neil Simon
Philip H. Lathrop
Marvin Hamlisch
Composer (Music Score)
Bob Wyman
Marvin March
Set Designer
Joel Schumacher
Costume Designer
Tex Rudloff
Sound/Sound Designer
Howard Roessel
First Assistant Director