The April Fools


1h 35m 1969

Brief Synopsis

Newly-promoted if none too happily married Howard Brubaker leaves a rowdy Company party early with the stunning Catherine, whom it turns out is herself unhappily married - to the boss. They spend an innocent night in New York becoming more and more attracted to each other, so that when Catherine announces she intends to leave her husband and return to Paris Howard asks to go along too. In the cold light of morning problems and pressures from spouses crowd in.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 28 May 1969
Production Company
Cinema Center Films; Jalem Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United States
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Howard Brubaker, a successful Wall Street broker, lives in Darien, Connecticut, with his preoccupied suburban housewife, Phyllis, and a son who ignores him. While attending a cocktail party given by Ted Gunther, his boss, Howard meets Gunther's French-born wife, Catherine. Unaware of her true identity, he invites her out for a drink at a discotheque, and they meet amateur astrologer Grace Greenlaw. Later, at the Greenlaws' mansion, Howard tells Catherine that he has always felt like the fairy-tale prince who has been turned into a frog and must wait for the kiss of a princess to restore him. Catherine reveals that her marriage is miserable and that she is planning to return to Paris the next day. After delivering Catherine to her apartment, Howard wanders into Central Park and decides to quit his job and go to Paris. He confronts Gunther with the news that he is quitting, then returns to Catherine with a toy frog and confesses his love. Undeterred by the knowledge that she is Gunther's wife, he agrees to meet her at Kennedy Airport. As Catherine tries to convince her husband that she is actually leaving him, Howard takes a drunken train ride with his friend, lawyer Potter Shrader, who advises him on obtaining a divorce. His wife greets the news with apparent indifference, and Howard, finally realizing that his marriage is meaningless, races to the airport. Just before take-off, Howard leaps aboard the plane in time to take the place of the toy frog that Catherine has placed in the seat next to her.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 28 May 1969
Production Company
Cinema Center Films; Jalem Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
National General Pictures Corporation
Country
United States
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Location scenes filmed in and around New York City.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer May 28, 1969

Catherine Deneuve's first American film.

Released in United States Summer May 28, 1969