To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
2 quirky Manhattanites crash into each other cute at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing, divorced mother Theresa is also reluctant to ... See full summary »
Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of ... See full summary »
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
The comic strip art in the film was done by Mel Keefer, the artist on Perry Mason, Mac Divot and Rick O'Shay comic strips. In addition, Alex Toth drew a comic strip of the characters as part of a teaser campaign to promote the film. See more »
During the opening credits whilst Charles is giving some background info, he puts on his waistcoat, does up the top and bottom buttons only and immediately walks into the on-suite bathroom, and magically, the entire waistcoat is buttoned up. See more »
Here you are in the prime of life. A handsome figure of a man, successful in business, adored by one and all. In fact, it could be said that you had it made, except for the one thing.
I'm a lousy lawyer, huh?
No, you're married.
Yeah, but being married is the normal way to live. Isn't it?
Who says so?
Oh Harold, I think you've been brainwashed. You're missing a very important point: marriage is not a basic fact of nature, it's an invention. It's like the infield fly rule; it ...
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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 »
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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