Skip to content

The War Between Men and Women (1972)

Comedy writer and director Melville Shavelson takes a stab at an uneven mixture of comedy and an odd sense of style with Jack Lemmon as the central figure in this tale of relationships.

mena and women

The credits are presented appropriately in a cartoon style. This in keeping with Jack’s character as he is cartoonist with a penchant for comical drawings aimed at putting down women. His latest book is the title of our film.

It’s at a book release party hosted by Herb Edelman that he meets a divorced mother of three children played by Barbara Harris who is sure to turn his bachelor life upside down. He’s quick to welcome the sexual nature of their late night meetings but isn’t so fast at the commitment that is the next logical step.

WARBETWEENMENANDWOMENLC7

Once he gets around to the proposal and a wedding date the first husband turns up just as the vows are taking place. It’s Jason Robards who seems to be everything Lemmon is not in the eyes of the three children. He’s a war photographer and goes where ever the battles take him. Robards’ entrance here is filled with slapstick humor at the wedding. When the skies open up dumping buckets of rain on the wedding, Lemmon slips and it’s Jason who carries the bride over the threshold.

Then it’s off to the beach with the wife and kids for Jack. Sure enough, Robards is in tow and seems to be having fun with Harris as they duet with guitar and song. Surprisingly the two men hit it off once they drown their sorrows in a bottle later that night sending Harris off to the bedroom alone.

dwarbetweenmenwomen-620

It’s at this point I was hoping the humor was going to pick up and turn into a free for all in the battle for Harris. Something like a Will Ferell vs. John C. Reilly match up. Or how about a Lemmon – Matthau war. That would come years later in the fight for Ann-Margret. Sadly for me the script did not go in that direction and more or less took a turn towards the dramatics. Jack`s slowly losing his eyesight and aside from a good comical bit with Edelman breaking down over Lemmon`s impending operation the film meanders to a cartoon backdrop finale.

It`s the overall style of this flick that wasn`t to my liking. At various times we`ll find Jack looking directly into the camera and talking to the viewer. The cartoon filled ending didn`t sit well with me either. Aside from Robards all too brief appearance I found this rather dull. Who would have thought that a comedy needed more Jason Robards!

jrobards

Perhaps the title had me expecting much more of a battle of the sexes style film of which this is definitely not. The release on DVD from Olive Films did however let me catch up with this Jack Lemmon film. One which I had never seen so at least we have another check mark on the Lemmon filmography.

1 Comment »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

"DESTROY ALL FANBOYS!"

Smashing System Bias Since 1972...

Movies ala Mark

With a Cast of Thousands

Classic Horrors

From silent screen to Halloween, and everything scary in between.

IDENTIKIT

The current online container for the writer Konrad Wardh

Just Hit Play

The Good, the Bad and sometimes Ugly in film

Strother Martin Film Project

What we've got here is failure to communicate

Sophia Riley Kobacker

it's all about the story, possums...

Wolfmans Cult Film Club

Cult, B-Movies, cheesy fun films to Film Noir to classics new to me.

Talking Pulp

All things pulp and then some

cinema cities

a personal odyssey through film

Mark David Welsh

Watching the strangest movies - so you don't have to...

Scenes from the Morgue

The Lost Art of Pulp Ads: Film, Booze, Smokes & More!

Film Speech

All things film and television

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

portraitsbyjenni

My perspective on life & Classic Movie Recommendations

Statis Pro 1978 Replay

Methodically replaying every game of the 1978 baseball season!

4 Star Films

Looking deeper at the best classic movies

everythingnoir

Movies, Television, Books....Everything Noir

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)

by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times

Sister Celluloid

Where old movies go to live

Silent-ology

Uncovering the silent era

Canadian Cinephile

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them." - Alfred Hitchcock

Noirish

The annex to John Grant's *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*

Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

Sunset Boulevard

Writings of a Cinephile

The Bogie Film Blog

A Film by Film Affair with Humphrey Bogart

Vienna's Classic Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood films and stars

The Film Authority

You're ten seconds from watching an amazing film...

Once upon a screen...

...a classic film and TV blog

shadowsandsatin

. . where the worlds of film noir and pre-code collide . .

hitchcockmaster

Where Suspense Lives!

Tipping My Fedora

Enjoying mystery, crime and suspense in all media

Silver Screenings

an irreverent blog of old movies

monsterminions

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Comet Over Hollywood

Home for classic movie lovers

filmgeek101

classic movie views for the classic and not-so-classic movie fan

Riding the High Country

Reviews and ramblings

Speakeasy

watching movies

"DESTROY ALL FANBOYS!"

Smashing System Bias Since 1972...

Movies ala Mark

With a Cast of Thousands

Classic Horrors

From silent screen to Halloween, and everything scary in between.

IDENTIKIT

The current online container for the writer Konrad Wardh

Just Hit Play

The Good, the Bad and sometimes Ugly in film

Strother Martin Film Project

What we've got here is failure to communicate

Sophia Riley Kobacker

it's all about the story, possums...

Wolfmans Cult Film Club

Cult, B-Movies, cheesy fun films to Film Noir to classics new to me.

Talking Pulp

All things pulp and then some

cinema cities

a personal odyssey through film

Mark David Welsh

Watching the strangest movies - so you don't have to...

Scenes from the Morgue

The Lost Art of Pulp Ads: Film, Booze, Smokes & More!

Film Speech

All things film and television

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

portraitsbyjenni

My perspective on life & Classic Movie Recommendations

Statis Pro 1978 Replay

Methodically replaying every game of the 1978 baseball season!

4 Star Films

Looking deeper at the best classic movies

everythingnoir

Movies, Television, Books....Everything Noir

Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd film locations (and more)

by John Bengtson "the great detective of silent film locations" New York Times

Sister Celluloid

Where old movies go to live

Silent-ology

Uncovering the silent era

Canadian Cinephile

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them." - Alfred Hitchcock

Noirish

The annex to John Grant's *A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir*

Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

Sunset Boulevard

Writings of a Cinephile

The Bogie Film Blog

A Film by Film Affair with Humphrey Bogart

Vienna's Classic Hollywood

Vintage Hollywood films and stars

The Film Authority

You're ten seconds from watching an amazing film...

Once upon a screen...

...a classic film and TV blog

shadowsandsatin

. . where the worlds of film noir and pre-code collide . .

hitchcockmaster

Where Suspense Lives!

Tipping My Fedora

Enjoying mystery, crime and suspense in all media

Silver Screenings

an irreverent blog of old movies

monsterminions

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

Comet Over Hollywood

Home for classic movie lovers

filmgeek101

classic movie views for the classic and not-so-classic movie fan

Riding the High Country

Reviews and ramblings

Speakeasy

watching movies

%d bloggers like this: