Open the Door and See All the People


1h 31m 1964

Brief Synopsis

Film traces the differing social values and conflicting personalities of two New England families headed by 70-year-old identical twin sisters, one a wealthy, superstitious and domineering hypochondriac, the other a happy-go-lucky grandmother who works as a cashier in a supermarket.

Film Details

Also Known As
Peacock Feathers
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Apr 1964
Production Company
Jerome Hill
Distribution Company
Barney Pitkin Associates; Film-Makers' Cooperative; Film-Makers' Distribution Center; Noel Productions
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Synopsis

Thelma Fahnstock and Alma Blake are identical 70-year-old twins, but there is no similarity between them. Thelma is wealthy, morose, hypochondriacal, and domineering, while Alma is an easygoing and industrious supermarket cashier who takes care of her invalid husband, Dan, and opens her home to all those in need. Their respective households come into constant conflict. Thelma, who lives in a dreary mansion, is trying to force her granddaughter, Mimosa, into the image of the girl's late mother, a famous actress. To this end, Thelma keeps Mimosa a virtual prisoner in a tower room. Meanwhile, Mimosa's obese brother, Raoul, proudly erects a bomb shelter in the front yard. Alma is finally successful in causing Mimosa to run off with Jerry, a footloose young man who dances for the girl on a scaffold near her window. Mimosa's liberation is accomplished by a swami. In addition, Alma arranges a romance between her tenant Andrew, a dog fancier, and Amaryllis, a refugee who works in a Gypsy palm-reading parlor. Alma also settles a feud between the owners of rival Chinese restaurants before settling back to await the arrival of new houseguests and adventures.

Film Details

Also Known As
Peacock Feathers
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 1 Apr 1964
Production Company
Jerome Hill
Distribution Company
Barney Pitkin Associates; Film-Makers' Cooperative; Film-Makers' Distribution Center; Noel Productions
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

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Trivia

Notes

Filmed in 1962 on location in Greenwich, Connecticut; working title: Peacock Feathers. Original commercial release in 35mm by Noel Productions and Barney Pitkin Associates; released in 16mm by Film-Makers' Cooperative; subsequently released in 35mm by Film-Makers' Distribution Center.

Miscellaneous Notes

Shown at Vancouver Film Festival December 5, 1963.

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