The story of Mel and Edna (Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives, and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted), and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle.
...and you think you've got problems.
Did You Know?
The story-line of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" is not dis-similar to the earlier play and movie The Out of Towners
(1970) which also starred Jack Lemmon
in its film version. See more
The apartment building's supposed address, 385 East 88th Street, is actually nearer to First Avenue than to Second. See more
Why you havin pain's in your chest?
Because I don't have a job! Because I don't have a suit to wear. Because I'm having a God-damned nervous breakdown and they didn't even leave me with a decent pair of pajamas.
Referenced in Harry O: Street Games