Arthur Parker (Steve Martin) is a sheet music salesman during The Great Depression. He frequently hits the road, both to ply his wares and escape from the issues he has with his wife Joan (Jessica Harper). On one excursion, he meets a teacher named Eileen (Bernadette Peters) and he falls in love with her immediately. This causes his downfall, and not even the songs he sells can save him...Or can they?
This is one of the most underrated movies of the 80s. Based on a British TV miniseries by Dennis Potter, it features the actors and actresses lip-synching to vintage recordings in full musical numbers to illustrate their feelings about what they're going through. If you like your musicals to have the element of darkness, then pick this title up.
This TV spot was originally posted to YouTube by Lottoman17.
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