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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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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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Edgar Hopper
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Mrs. Foster
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Trentino
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Baroness
Maurice Marsac ...
Rene
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Jane Wald ...
Polly
Lenny Kent ...
Hollywood Lawyer
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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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2 July 1964 (UK)  »

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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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Trivia

Producer Arthur P. Jacobs wanted Charlton Heston. In his diaries, Heston says that it was for the Paul Newman role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

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Featured in Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) 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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Delirium Tremens of the loveliest kind
7 February 2005 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Oh yes, absolutely. Just go to the movies to see a flick done with all the nerve in the world and for what? "To make a buck" I have an idiot sitting next to me, he is the pseudo intellectual who killed movies like this. I envy my parent's generation, as far as movie going habits are concerned. Doris Day comedies and Belle de Jour. Tell me who could be so unself conscious today to make "What a Way To Go" for what it is. The world has changed so much, women, us, that it would be impossible not to make it feel satirical,"Down with loveish" "What a Way to go" maybe satirical in its own way but it's not self conscious. If we cold only disconnect the micro chip implanted in our brains during the 70's we could have a wider spectrum of our lives without passing judgment, learning or re learning to enjoy. Shirley Mac Laine is priceless. Adorable. Superb. Paul Newman, lovely and very funny. Robert Mitchum plays it hysterically straight. The Gene Kelly episode has a life all of its own. Robert Cummings plays Robert Cummings beautifully as usual. Dean Martin plays himself and a softer version of himself, Dick Van Dike plays a sort of Rob Petrie who wants to simplify. Directed by J Lee Thompson, a Brit, with "Guns of Navarone" to his credit. He had signed a few odd gems like "Woman in a Dressing Gown", "Tiger Bay" and "Return from the Ashes". I thought I mention that. Listen to me, disconnect the micro chip, lay back and enjoy!


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