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What a Way to Go! (1964)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  12 May 1964 (USA)
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A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.

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Louisa May Foster
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Rod Anderson, Jr.
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Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley
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Pinky Benson
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Dr. Victor Stephanson (as Bob Cummings)
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Storyline

This black comedy opens with Louisa Foster donating a multimillion dollar check to the IRS. The tax department thinks she's crazy and sends her to a psychiatrist. She then discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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12 May 1964 (USA)  »

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I Love Louisa  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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When Elizabeth Taylor was still attached to the project (then titled I Love Louisa), actors sought to play her husbands included Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis--none of whom appeared in the final film. See more »

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The position of Louisa's hands and her facial reactions as Larry's artist friend shoots at the balloons tied to her canvas. See more »

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Rod Anderson, Jr.: What are you doing after the orgy?
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Opening Fox Fanfare is in the colour PINK. See more »

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References The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) See more »

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Musical Extravaganza
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Jule Styne
Performed by Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine and dancers.
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The Power of MacLaine in the 60's
14 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

In the 1960's, you could not argue with the star power of Shirley MacLaine. She was probably in at least twenty movies in that decade. This is a worthy showcase to her talent and hold ups well for the most part. The movie is very funny in parts and when its not out-and-out funny, you are still smiling. Its nice to see Paul Newman and Robert Mitchum in a light comedy, and Dean Martin and Dick Van Dyke were good also.

Margaret Dumont as Shirley's mother was very funny and I was sorry she was not in more scenes. All those years of sharing a screen with the Marx Brothers certainly rubbed off.

I would love to know which men were offered parts but did not appear in the movie - like, where is Jack Lemmon and Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford?

Edith Head must have billed 20th Century Fox for a million hours of OT. She creates about six hundred costumes for Shirley and the guys. I think she got a nomination for this, but then again, in her case that's not saying anything special.


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