In The Cool Of The Day

  • 1963
  • 1 HR 26 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama

A sudsy soap opera distinguished only by some fine acting, IN THE COOL OF THE DAY stars Fonda as a wife who feels confined in her marriage to Hill, though he dotes on her. The couple separates, then reconciles. Hill promises to give Fonda more space; they also plan to have a baby. Trouble brews, however, when Fonda meets Finch, a publisher pal of Hill's...read more

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A sudsy soap opera distinguished only by some fine acting, IN THE COOL OF THE DAY stars Fonda as a wife who feels confined in her marriage to Hill, though he dotes on her. The couple separates, then reconciles. Hill promises to give Fonda more space; they also plan to have a baby. Trouble

brews, however, when Fonda meets Finch, a publisher pal of Hill's who is trapped in a loveless marriage to Lansbury. Lansbury has resented Finch and been unable to get on with life since an auto accident injured her and killed their son. Fonda and Finch feel a mutual attraction, but Finch is too

much the gentleman to act on it. Later, the two couples plan a trip to Greece, but Hill is forced to cancel due to the illness of his father (Knox), and Fonda goes on alone with Finch and Lansbury. One day when Lansbury decides to stay at the hotel, Finch and Fonda visit the Acropolis and find

that they are in love. Meanwhile, Lansbury takes up with another man and, in anger, tells Hill about Finch and Fonda's affair. Hill flies to Greece, only to find that Fonda is dying of pneumonia. Just before she expires, she makes Finch swear he'll visit all the places they had hoped to see

together. How John Houseman--usually a producer with exquisite taste--got involved with this claptrap is a mystery. Despite the fine cast, the film is a sure cure for insomnia.

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