Under The Yum Yum Tree

  • 1963
  • 1 HR 50 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

An indulgent movie that was slightly too late to catch the "sex-comedy" trend begun by the Doris Day-Rock Hudson pictures. Lemmon's career was somewhat tarnished by this film, and he went into the critics' doghouse for a couple of years. He didn't much like the movie either and was quoted as saying it was "a real crock." Be that as it may, looking at it...read more

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An indulgent movie that was slightly too late to catch the "sex-comedy" trend begun by the Doris Day-Rock Hudson pictures. Lemmon's career was somewhat tarnished by this film, and he went into the critics' doghouse for a couple of years. He didn't much like the movie either and was

quoted as saying it was "a real crock." Be that as it may, looking at it today reveals that it's all quite innocent. Lemmon runs an apartment building and will only rent flats to single, attractive women, with all of whom he engages in hankypanky. Adams moves out of her place and sublets it to

Lynley, her niece. Adams has left the apartment to take up with her new lover, Lansing, and Lemmon looks delightedly at Lynley, thinking he has a new conquest. Lansing is a professor, and Adams is a marriage counselor who has advised Lynley and her boy friend, Jones, that they should move in

together on a platonic level and see if they are compatible before they decide to get married. Adams doesn't know that Lemmon is intending to use his wiles to seduce Lynley, and Lemmon doesn't know about the agreement between Jones and Lynley. When he does learn about it, he spends several days

trying to devise a way to get Jones out of the way. Lemmon's building is the ultimate bachelor's dream. It's chock full of gorgeous women, all of whom have fallen prey to Lemmon's lust. His own apartment is a riot of devices, all of which have been put there to satisfy any woman's desire, no

matter how outre. Lemmon does such a good job of establishing himself as a cad, a rake, and roue that any sympathy for his character goes right out the window. When Lemmon begins to move in on Lynley (who steals the movie), Adams sees his plan and takes steps to undermine it. She knows exactly

what he is up to because she went through the same experience herself when she first moved into the building. Jones has finally caught on and is furious at Lemmon's attempts to deflower Lynley. Jones decides to take direct action and change his platonic relationship with Lynley in favor of a more

amorous liaison. He goes to great lengths to plan the perfect romantic evening and seduce her, but before he can go all the way (which would end their relationship), Jones is overcome by guilt and exits. Jones does return (as we knew he would), and he and Lynley elope to live happily ever after.

Adams and Lansing are now totally in love, and Lemmon has an empty apartment, which he promptly rents to a new young thing as he rubs his hands and licks his lips in anticipation of his latest amour.

Roman's stage play had been a big hit, but too much time had elapsed between the stage presentation and the film, and Swift and Roman wrote a script that was a trifle blatant for the times. Coca and Lynde score with some laugh scenes, and in small roles note Bill Bixby and Jerry Antes, who had a

brief career as a singer. Whereas the Hudson-Day comedies showed some restraint, this one snickered, smarmed, and went too far for most audiences.

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