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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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Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley
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Dr. Victor Stephanson (as Bob Cummings)
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Hollywood Lawyer
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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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Comedy | Romance

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2 July 1964 (UK)  »

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I Love Louisa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,298,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,816,200
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The beatnik artist Polly appears to be a parody/caricature of Catherine-Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle, aka "Niki" de Saint Phalle, whose various "shooting" paintings arrived on the art scene in mid-1961, when the script for the film was first being written. Niki didn't have Polly's Beretta M1938A submachine gun, though; she used a .22 rifle borrowed from her future husband, Jean Tinguely. See more »

Goofs

Dick Van Dyke is heavily covered in mud as a result of Dean Martin's car, yet a moment later, it looked like he was lightly covered. See more »

Quotes

Larry Flint: The Louvre - It's the garbage pail of the arts.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 23 August 1964 (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

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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All she wants is love, all she gets is money!
2 August 2002 | by 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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