Neil Simon on Screen

Adaptations and Original Scripts for Film and Television

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About the Book

Neil Simon is the most successful American playwright on Broadway, and the winner of many awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Mark Twain Prize for Humor, and a Kennedy Center Honor for Lifetime Achievement. Many of his plays have been adapted into films and made-for-television movies, and he has written original screenplays and television specials.
This book provides a catalogue of Simon’s screen work with cast and crew information, synopses, release dates, reviews, awards and DVD availability. Notes on each film cover his narrative subjects and themes as well as adaptation, direction and performance.

About the Author(s)

Peter Shelley is a playwright, screenwriter and author of several books on film. He lives in Umina Beach, Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Peter Shelley
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: 37 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7198-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1752-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments iv

Preface 1

Introduction 5

Part One: Film Adaptations

Come Blow Your Horn (1963) 15

Barefoot in the Park (1967) 22

The Odd Couple (1968) 29

Sweet Charity (1969) 37

Plaza Suite (1971) 46

Star Spangled Girl (1971) 55

Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972) 62

The Heartbreak Kid (1972) 68

The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) 73

The Sunshine Boys (1975) 78

California Suite (1978) 83

Chapter Two (1979) 87

Only When I Laugh (1981) 92

I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) 98

Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) 102

Biloxi Blues (1988) 105

Lost in Yonkers (1993) 110

Part Two: Original Screenplays

After the Fox (1966) 115

The Out of Towners (1970) 121

Murder by Death (1976) 127

Bogart Slept Here (not released) 131

The Goodbye Girl (1977) 136

The Cheap Detective (1978) 140

Seems Like Old Times (1980) 145

Max Dugan Returns (1983) 147

The Slugger’s Wife (1985) 151

The Marrying Man (1991) 155

The Odd Couple II (1998) 161

Part Three: Television Specials and Adaptations

The Trouble with People (1972) 167

The Good Doctor (1978) 169

Broadway Bound (1992) 172

Jake’s Women (1996) 176

London Suite (1996) 180

The Sunshine Boys (1997) 184

Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001) 187

The Goodbye Girl (2004) 192

Appendix: Theatre Credits 197

Bibliography 213

Index 223