Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday in New York (1963)

Sunday in New York (1963). Director: Peter Tewksbury. Cast: Cliff Robertson, Jane Fonda, and Rod Taylor. The screenplay by Norman Krasna was adapted from his play which had been produced on Broadway the previous year. It was one of Fonda's earliest films.

Airline pilot Adam Tyler, is getting ready to spend a romantic weekend in his New York apartment with his girlfriend, Mona Harris. When they are surprised by arrival of his sister Eileen, who has just broke up with her fiancee, Russ Wilson, because she does not to sleep with him before they are married. After telling Eileen that she has done the right thing. His flight assignment is changed at the last minute and he is unable to reach Mona.

Soon after he leaves, Eileen finds Mona's night gown in her brother's closet and becoming angry at her brothers double standard. She decides to seduce Philadelphia newspaperman Mike Mitchell, after meeting him on a bus. Mike respects her virtue and can not go through with it, even though they are falling in love. While still in their robes, they are surprised by the arrival of her fiancee Russ, who mistakes Mike for Eileen's brother. When her brother returns to his apartment he is introduced as his own co-pilot but goes along with the story, even though he suspects the truth. How will this situation be resolved?

I thought Sunday in New York, was a very charming, romantic, comedy. Performed very well by all the actors. A hidden gem!

Jo Morrow's mother encouraged Jo's acting career by entering her in a "Be A Star" contest. Which Morrow, won a 20th Century-Fox contract (film-debuting in Gary Cooper's Ten North Frederick (1958) and from there moved to Columbia.

The 1964 birth of a deaf daughter forced Morrow to choose between movies and motherhood.

Although, she made a short comeback in 1970's, Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls (1973) and Terminal Island (1973).


  1. Good stuff about Jo Morrow, Dawn. Love this movie.

  2. Jane Fonda has had so many faces on film it is like watching the demon-ridden daughter on the Exorcist twirling her head around. I liked Fonda in this stage, her young beautiful comedy period, especially the hilarious "Barefoot in the Park". Then she became Hanoi Jane, a scandal from which it is hard to believe she recovered professionally at all, doing her Oscar performance in "Klute". Then the older, wiser Jane in films like "On Golden Pond", a real favorite of mine. I really liked "Sunday In New York", but I must admit it's mainly because I have always had a thing for Rod Taylor. What a man! Interesting facts about Jo Morrow, too.

  3. Bec, "Barefoot in the Park" and "On Golden Pond", are also a couple of my favorite Jane Fonda films. I do remember hearing about the scandal she got heself in. But, I did not pay too much attention to it. Probably, because of my age at the time.

  4. I love this romantic comedy. Every time TCM plays it I try to watch it. Rod Taylor and Jane Fonda are wonderful in this film. The mistaken identity between Taylor and Robertson is hilarious. I also love the scene from Rockefeller Center in New York City. Great review, Dawn.

  5. Silent, Thank you. The mistaken identity between Taylor and Robertson, is my favorite scene.


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