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Location scenes filmed in Shelter Island, New York and Jim Thorpe, ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Shelter Island, New York and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. More Less

DETAILS
Release Date:
1969
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 9 April 1969
Duration(in mins):
90
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Two days before his marriage to Josephine Fish, Charlie arrives at the island estate of his fiancée's wealthy parents. He is disturbed to see that Mrs. Fish is too busy with elaborate party preparations to give him much attention, that Mr. Fish is an emasculated husband who paints a bleak picture of marriage, and that Josephine is guarded by a protective nanny who frustrates all their efforts to be alone. Despite the added presence of Josephine's relatives, Charlie tries to maintain his cheerful optimism, but he begins to balk at matrimony upon realizing that Josephine has already mapped out and restricted his future activities. After he is forced to miss his own bachelor party, Charlie tries unsuccessfully to rekindle the romance between Josephine and one of her former suitors, a Hindu. Later, he decides to try to get caught seducing Celeste, the mousy church organist, but discovers too late that she is willing to cooperate, provided their lovemaking is not discovered. As the wedding day approaches, Charlie decides to leave Josephine waiting at the altar. He makes a desperate dash for freedom by foot, bicycle, hitchhiking, and rowboat, but his friends give chase and capture him in time for the ... +


Two days before his marriage to Josephine Fish, Charlie arrives at the island estate of his fiancée's wealthy parents. He is disturbed to see that Mrs. Fish is too busy with elaborate party preparations to give him much attention, that Mr. Fish is an emasculated husband who paints a bleak picture of marriage, and that Josephine is guarded by a protective nanny who frustrates all their efforts to be alone. Despite the added presence of Josephine's relatives, Charlie tries to maintain his cheerful optimism, but he begins to balk at matrimony upon realizing that Josephine has already mapped out and restricted his future activities. After he is forced to miss his own bachelor party, Charlie tries unsuccessfully to rekindle the romance between Josephine and one of her former suitors, a Hindu. Later, he decides to try to get caught seducing Celeste, the mousy church organist, but discovers too late that she is willing to cooperate, provided their lovemaking is not discovered. As the wedding day approaches, Charlie decides to leave Josephine waiting at the altar. He makes a desperate dash for freedom by foot, bicycle, hitchhiking, and rowboat, but his friends give chase and capture him in time for the ceremony. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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