20th Century Fox.
Directors: Martha Coolidge, James Spencer, E. J. Foerster.
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dyan Cannon, Gloria DeHaven, Brent Spiner.
Another vehicle for Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau? A cruise ship, no less? Surprisingly, this long-in-the-tooth duo, long settled into their fussy-growly shtick, haven't worn out their welcome in this new Martha Coolidge comedy. Lemmon plays Herb, a widower conned into taking a free cruise with his brother-in-law Charlie (Matthau). The catch: Charlie signed up the two of them to be dance hosts. Herb is a great dancer, but Charlie is a hopeless case. Their initiation into the cruise line dance host world is great fun. Their boss is a sorry, slick, controlling, egomaniac emcee/singer/entertainment director (Brent Spiner of Star Trek
fame) who reminds his hosts that fraternizing with the guests is strictly prohibited. Fat chance: Lemmon is reluctantly swept into a sweet and surprisingly poignant romance which threatens his devotion to his late wife, and Charlie goes gold-digging in the deep end of the social pool with highroller Dyan Cannon.