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Still finding her way as a young actress during the 1960s, Jane Fonda is both adorably innocent AND sexy in the light romantic comedy Any Wednesday (1966). She plays Ellen, the lovely but puerile mistress of married executive John (Jason Robards). John has set Ellen up in a comfy company sponsored love nest, where she eagerly awaits their scheduled weekly trysts. However, when a mix-up sends John's attractive underling (Dean Jones) to stay at Ellen's apartment and John's wife (Rosemary Murphy) shows up unexpectedly, things get interesting.
Any Wednesday was adapted by Julius J. Epstein from the popular Broadway play by Muriel Resnik, which had featured Sandy Dennis, Don Porter and Gene Hackman. Rosemary Murphy was the only actor from the stage version to re-create her original role for the film. The delightfully kooky Sandy Dennis wasn't even considered for the film version, despite winning the Tony award for her performance on stage in the Jane Fonda part. Dennis would have her revenge, though, when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), which was released the same year as Any Wednesday.
In the middle of shooting Any Wednesday, Jane Fonda decided to finally tie the knot with her paramour of three years, French director Roger Vadim. One Friday after shooting had wrapped for the week, Fonda met Vadim in Las Vegas and made their relationship official. The marriage lasted eight years.
Any Wednesday is enjoyable to watch for its light touch and talented cast. The chemistry between Jane Fonda and co-star Jason Robards was such that the two went on to make two more films together, the 1977 World War II drama Julia and Comes a Horseman (1978).
Producer: Julius J. Epstein
Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Screenplay: Muriel Resnik, Julius J. Epstein
Cinematography: Harold Lipstein
Film Editing: Stefan Arnsten
Art Direction: Alfred Sweeney
Music: George Duning
Cast: Jane Fonda (Ellen Gordon), Jason Robards (John Cleves), Dean Jones (Cass Henderson), Rosemary Murphy (Dorothy Cleves), Ann Prentiss (Miss Linsley), Jack Fletcher (Felix).
by Andrea Passafiume