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What a Way to Go! (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 2 July 1964 (UK)
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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Complete credited cast:
Louisa May Foster
Rod Anderson, Jr.
Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley
Pinky Benson
Dr. Victor Stephanson (as Bob Cummings)
Edgar Hopper
Mrs. Foster
Lou Nova ...
Maurice Marsac ...
Wally Vernon ...
Jane Wald ...
Lenny Kent ...
Hollywood Lawyer


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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What A Cast!... What A Past!... What A Show!...


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

2 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

I Love Louisa  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Feature debut of Pamelyn Ferdin. See more »


Shirley MacLaine is clearly hit by one of the robotic paint brushes in the painting sequence with husband #2 Paul Newman. She is in the background walking after him amongst the animated brushes, but keeps the scene going after the contraption hits her in the head. It is kept in the finished film. See more »


Rod Anderson, Jr.: What are you doing after the orgy?
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Crazy Credits

Opening Fox Fanfare is in the colour PINK. See more »


Spoofs Follow the Fleet (1936) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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All she wants is love, all she gets is money!
2 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great film. Some have said it epitomizes the 1960s glamour comedies but what it cleverly does is parody them, and other film genres, through its movie dream sequences and the ridiculous and gorgeous costumes Shirley wears. It has a great cast and everyone is in top tongue in cheek form. Dick Van Dyke plays his usual neo-Marx brothers physical comedy schtick (with Margaret DuMont, no less!) at the height of his powers. Paul Newman is great playing against type as a tortured artist, a perfect sendup of Kirk Douglas' portrayal of Van Gough in *Lust for Life* (he even wears the same beard). Mitchum is suave and cool as a kind of Cash McCall gone wrong, but far more slick then Jim Garner ever was. To top it off, Gene Kelley does an incredible spot on parody of himself in the Holywood story, with iconic images taken straight from his greatest triumph *Singing in the Rain,* turned on their head and twisted into a grotesque commentary on the evils of Hollywood as opposed to its dreams and glamour. The scene where he is trampled to death by his fans holds up a hilarious mirror to the similar scene in *Singing in the Rain* where he has his clothes torn off by them. This film elevated parody to a high art form before anybody had even heard the term "post modernism!" And those gowns she wears! The best one is the one which is just a string of pearls down Shirley's sexy back (she faces away from the camera for the shole scene because she is obviously topless). They must have cost a fortune! this is obviously a film with a very Lush Bugett!

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