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How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 January 1965 (USA)
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A man who has set up the perfect lifestyle for himself makes the mistake of marrying while drunk... and his fantasies of murder are used against him.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Mrs. Ford
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Eddie Mayehoff ...
Harold Lampson
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Edna
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Judge Blackstone
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Tobey Rawlins
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Dr. Bentley
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Harold's Secretary
Alan Hewitt ...
District Attorney
Barry Kelley ...
Club Member in Steam Room
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Construction Worker (as Bill Bryant)
Charles Bateman ...
Club Member in Steam Room
Edward Faulkner ...
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Lauren Gilbert ...
Men's Club Manager
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Stanley Ford leads an idyllic bachelor life. He is a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose Bash Brannigan series provides him with a luxury townhouse and a full-time valet, Charles. When he wakes up the morning after the night before - he had attended a friend's stag party - he finds that he is married to the very beautiful woman who popped out of the cake - and who doesn't speak a word of English. Despite his initial protestations, he comes to like married life and even changes his cartoon character from a super spy to a somewhat harried husband. When after several months he decides to kill off Bash's wife in the cartoon, his wife misinterprets his intentions and disappears. Which leads the police to charge him with murder. Written by garykmcd

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Bring The Little Woman...Maybe She'll Die Laughing!

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26 January 1965 (USA)  »

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Cómo asesinar a su esposa  »

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Last feature of Leonard Mudie. See more »

Goofs

In the comic strip detailing the way in which he murdered his wife, Stanley includes a panel showing the purchase of a mannequin. The mannequin, however, is only used to represent his wife for the purpose of taking photos used in the drawing of his strip; it would obviously not be involved in an actual murder plot. See more »

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Harold Lampson: I am speaking to you now not as your lawyer but as your friend. Stan, you are a grown man and grown men simply can't, repeat cannot, go around spreading terror on the New York streets at the height of the noon hour accompanied -will you stop just a minute, Stan?- by naked women.
Stanley Ford: She wasn't naked. She had a diamond in her navel.
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At first, it only says How to Your Wife on the screen, in white letters. Then, the word Murder shows up in red letters in the space between the two rows of text. See more »

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Referenced in Fawlty Towers: The Wedding Party (1975) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Smartly-written comedy with a great cast.
21 August 2001 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

Jack Lemmon and Terry-Thomas are great, of course, but some of the outstanding supporting players should be mentioned: Virna Lisi, absolutely gorgeous (and funny!) as Lemmon's "ball-and-chain," and the relatively unknown Eddie Mayehoff, who plays Lemmon's lawyer. Mayehoff's courtroom epiphany is hilarious. This guy steals every scene he's in from Jack Lemmon, and that's not easy.

Special mention should be made of Neal Hefti's sprightly score, one of his best. Love to have it on CD.


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