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Movies: “Under the Yum Yum Tree”

Oct. 23, 1963 - Opening today is “Under the Yum Yum Tree,” a comedy film directed by David Swift and starring Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean Jones, and Edie Adams, with Imogene Coca, Paul Lynde, and Robert Lansing in supporting roles. The film is based on the Broadway play of the same name by Lawrence Roman that first ran in 1960. The original cast included Gig Young, Sandra Church, and Dean Jones. In the story, a lecherous landlord (Lemmon) tries to convince a pretty tenant (Lynley) to dump her fiancé (Jones) and give him a chance. The song “Under the Yum Yum Tree,” written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, is sung by James Darren during the opening credits, and its melody is used thematically throughout the picture.


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