The Prisoner of Second Avenue is a 1975 black comedy directed by Melvin Frank. Mel Edison (Jack Lemmon) and his wife Edna (Anne Bancroft) are living a comfortable life on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The two are moderately unhappy until their lives begin to fall apart. Mel loses his job and finds himself unemployed for the first time in his life. Slowly, his confidence begins to ebb as the summer heat wave and garbage strike take their toll on his sanity. Things go from bad to worse when their apartment is robbed in broad daylight. Edna, now feeling the pressure of her husband's slow motion meltdown, faces issues of her own. Loud neighbors and employment problems of her own make it impossible for her to pull Mel out his funk alone. With Mel teetering on the edge of a full-blown nervous breakdown, his only hope lies with his brother Harry (Gene Sacks).