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Sunday in New York (film)

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Sunday in New York
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Directed byPeter Tewksbury
Written byNorman Krasna
Based onplay by Norman Krasna
Produced byEverett Freeman
StarringJane Fonda
Rod Taylor
Cliff Robertson
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byFredric Steinkamp
Music byPeter Nero
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 13, 1963 (1963-11-13)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million[1]
Box officeest. $2,000,000 (US/ Canada)[1][2]

Sunday in New York is a 1963 American romantic comedy directed by Peter Tewksbury and starring Jane Fonda, Rod Taylor and Cliff Robertson. Filmed in Metrocolor, its screenplay was written by Norman Krasna based on Krasna's 1961 play, Sunday in New York. The score was composed and recorded by Peter Nero, who also appears as himself performing in a nightclub; Mel Tormé sang the title song.


Eileen Tyler (Jane Fonda), a 22-year-old music critic for the upstate New York Albany Times Union, is suffering from her breakup with Russ Wilson (Robert Culp) - a handsome, athletic, and thoroughly self-absorbed scion of that city's richest family. Seeking advice on the premarital sex she has refused him, she appears unannounced at the chic Upper East Side loft apartment of her elder brother Adam (Robertson), an airline pilot. Eileen confides to him that she thinks she may be the only 22-year-old virgin left in the world. Adam assures her that men want women who preserve their virtue, and, at her insistence, swears he hasn't slept around. An anxiously anticipated rendezvous with his occasional girlfriend Mona Harris (Jo Morrow), scuttled by Eileen's arrival, lets the audience know otherwise.

Shut out of his own apartment, Adam gamely tries to find a place for a tryst with Mona, ginning a cover story for Eileen that the pair are going skating at Rockefeller Center. Some time after their departure Adam's boss rings up, desperate to locate an "on-call" pilot. Anxious to deliver the message to her brother, Eileen heads for the skating rink, only to begin a series of misadventures with a visiting Philadelphia music critic, Mike Mitchell (Rod Taylor).

These eventually lead the pair back to Adam's apartment to dry out rain-soaked clothes together. Scotch and some double-messaging from Eileen result in an outlandish attempt on her part to seduce a bewildered but ultimately game Mike...until he discovers she's a virgin. Invoking an unspoken code of honor among sexually active males, he refuses to take hers, much to Eileen's disorientation and annoyance. After cooling off, the bumptious and still semi-clad pair begin to calmly talk things through, only to be ambushed by the unannounced arrival of an obnoxiously giddy and hellfire marriage-bent Russ. Desperate to avoid being incriminated for something worse than had actually occurred, the pair pretends Mike is Adam, a ruse that comes off smoothly until Adam himself appears in his own doorway.

A modest farce devolves into a broad one, with an irritated Adam only scarcely willing to play his unwelcome part. Socked by him for even having tried to make love to his sister, Mike attempts an orderly retreat to Philadelphia while the ruse still holds, only to end up socked later outside the apartment by Russ after Eileen tried and failed to make a clean breast of things with her by then fiance.

Soaked again, and Adam called away to fly, Mike ends up seeking dry refuge in Adam's apartment - once more initially all on the up-and-up. He and Eileen retire separately. After believing he has locked her in the bedroom and literally thrown the key out the window, Mike confesses his love through the door. Met with dead silence, he retreats downstairs, only to have Eileen, who had meanwhile innocently slipped there, run into his arms.

A voiceover then informs the audience that Eileen ended up married and living happily in Tokyo with Mike, bearing the adoring couple three lovely daughters.



The play was seen on Broadway by Eliot Hyman and Ray Stark of Seven Arts Productions who "thought it would make a good movie," according to Stark.[3] Other companies were interested in film rights but Stark called Krasna direct in Switzerland and did the deal. The rights cost $150,000 plus a percentage of the gross.[4]

The film was a part of a multi-picture deal between Seven Arts and MGM. Lead roles originally were offered to Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, who turned them down. Peter Tewksbury, better known for his work in TV, signed to direct.[1] Robert Redford auditioned to repeat his stage role but says his reading "did not go well for me" and he was not cast.[5]

Jane Fonda agreed to be in the film for a fee of $100,000.[6] She later said "the girl I play is an absolute bore. She talks so much about her virginity; and you know the more she talks about it the more it's on her mind. I mean, for God's sake let her make her mind up one way or the other and stop all that talking."[7]

Filming took place in the spring of 1963 on location in New York and on the MGM backlot in Los Angeles,[1] with Adam's address given as 120 E. 65th Street.[8] Rod Taylor later said he and Fonda "got on like a couple of lovely kids"[9] adding the film "seemed like a labor of love to her... [it] was a wonderful, frothy time."[10]



In a review of the playwright's "frank screen version" of the play, Bosley Crowther characterized the film as another in a series of films that dwelled on a subject first brought to the screen ten years earlier in The Moon Is Blue: "There once was a time when the candor of Mr. Krasna's mildly popular Broadway play about an Albany girl who struggles bravely with the problem of her virtue during a rainy afternoon in New York might have caused the Production Code people a moment or two of anxious pause. They might then have thought it a bit too racy for youthful and innocent ears".[11] On the film itself, Crowther said "the extent of the film's disconcertion and delight for a viewer will depend upon how prone one may be to a juvenile quandary and to the nimble performing of a pleasant cast. The twists of the plot are downright hackneyed—the confusions of opening the wrong doors, mistaking people and getting caught in dishabille. But the actors are all attractive, and so long as one can go along with them in their valiant attempts at pretending this is hot stuff, one may have a good time."

According to Time magazine, "Sunday in New York is another brightly salacious Hollywood comedy about the way of a man with a maid who just may. 'This motion picture,' leers an announcement flashed on the screen as a teaser, 'is dedicated to the proposition that every girl gets...sooner or later.' As usual, winking wickedness turns out to be mostly eyewash, but the plot—more to be pitied than censored—gets a buoyant lift from stars Jane Fonda, Cliff Robertson and Rod Taylor. All three abandon themselves to the film version of Norman Krasna's trite Broadway farce with disarming faith, as though one more glossy, glittering package of pseudo sex might save the world."[12]

Underestimating the power of nostalgia, both for the City and simpler times, Jane Fonda reflected in 2018 that she was "surprised how many people say they love Sunday in New York.. Why?"[13]

Box Office

The film broke even for the studio in North America by earning $2 million in rentals.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Stephen Vagg, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in Hollywood, Bear Manor Media, 2010 p98
  2. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1964", Variety, 6 January 1965 p 39. Please note this figure is rentals accruing to distributors not total gross.
  3. ^ MOVIE PRODUCER DESCRIBES CREDO: Stark of 7 Arts Cites Quick Decisions and Investing Hold the Most Stock Disagree Occasionally By MURRAY SCHUMACH The New York Times.. 5 July 1962: 20.
  4. ^ Of Local Origin New York Times 25 Jan 1962: 23.
  5. ^ Callan p 90
  6. ^ Kiernan p 123
  7. ^ Andersen, Christopher P (1990). Citizen Jane : the turbulent life of Jane Fonda. H. Holt. p. 111.
  8. ^ Subslikescript Sunday in New York
  9. ^ Freedland p 69
  10. ^ Freeland p 70
  11. ^ Bosley Crowther (February 12, 1964). "Krasna Comedy: Sunday in New York Stars Jane Fonda". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  12. ^ "Jane in Plain Wrapper". Time. February 14, 1964. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2010-12-21.
  13. ^ Justin, Neal (June 28, 2019). "Jane Fonda looks back at the films she loved – and hated". Star Tribune.


  • Callan, Michael Feeney (2011). Robert Redford : the biography. Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Freedland, Michael (1988). Jane Fonda : a biography. St. Martin's Press.
  • Kiernan, Thomas (1982). Jane Fonda : heroine for our time. Delilah Books.

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