After The Poseidon Adventure, Carol Lynley’s biggest hit and most recognized movie was the 1963 comedy Under the Yum Yum Tree starring Jack Lemmon as a lecherous landlord who only rents his apartments to nubile young things such as Glamour Girls Pamela Curran and Jane Wald. Carol played a coed who moves in with her boyfriend Dean Jones to live platonicly to see if they are “marriage compatible.” The running joke is then who will seduce the gorgeous Lynley first, as if either had a chance in staid 1963. Carol is amusing in her drunk scenes and supporting players Paul Lynde as the envious groundskeeper and Imogene Coca as his droll disapproving wife and Lemmon’s housekeeper deliver funny quips.
Under the Yum Yum Tree is now finally available on DVD but only as part of The Jack Lemmon Film Collection. The set also includes Phffft! featuring Kim Novak, Operation Mad Ball, The Notorious Landlady, and Good Neighbor Sam featuring Dorothy Provine. In addition, the bonus materials include a two-part documentary hosted by Chris Lemmon featuring intimate interviews with friends, fans, and colleagues.
Purportedly Lemmon disliked the movie because he hated his role as the voyeuristic playboy but Yum Yum went on to become one of his biggest hits at the box office and snagged two Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy and one for him as Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical. Not a fan of these other movies, here’s hoping Yum Yum will be set free and soon available on its own!