Over the years I came to develop a great affection for director Blake Edwards. Sure he made a lot of stinkers, but he also made “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” Later in his career he made “Skin Deep” with a brilliantly cast John Ritter; it remains one of my favorite comedies from the ’80s and contains my all-time favorite physical comedy gag (and no, not the glow-in-the-dark condoms scene).
The focus of “Skin Deep” is an alchoholic who hits rock bottom and has to get sober. Edwards also explored the theme of alcoholism, albeit in a much darker way, in 1962’s “Days Of Wine And Roses.” If you’re young and have never seen it, it’s a classic. And if you’re older, consider giving it a fresh look.
Like Tony Randall, Lemmon was born to play men who wear natural-shouldered suits and work in advertising agencies. “Days of Wine and Roses” is full of understated, mid-century style. Lemmon is pictured above in sport coat with all the Ivy details — natural shoulder, 3/2 roll, sack front, lapped seams, and, for a Continental twist, double vents. Fitting, since every cocktail he downs is a double. — CC