Chayefsky is one of the rare screenwriters whose names people know. His work is widely celebrated because he explores the mundane and the banal and shows us ourselves. This film depicts a group of bookkeepers in New York who toss the title party for a pal, and the booze gives vent to some
of their deeper feelings. The running time is only 92 minutes, providing a demonstration of what good writing and direction can do in a tight time frame. Warden is the office bachelor who plans the party for nervous groom Abbott. Marshall is excellent as the aging bookkeeper who tries hard to put
on a happy face but winds up in a crying jag that is painful to watch because it is s...