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What a Way to Go! (1964)

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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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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 ...
Fifi D'Orsay ...
Maurice Marsac ...
Wally Vernon ...
Jane Wald ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

12 May 1964 (USA)  »

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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The set used as Luisa and Pinky Benson's Hollywood mansion was originally used as the home for the Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin characters in the unfinished film "Something's Got To Give". See more »


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Rod Anderson, Jr.: What are you doing after the orgy?
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1 May 2003 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This was a film which, like many in the old days, used to come on 'regular' commercial television as a weekend matinée. Now, of course, it is nowhere to be found on television and is just itching to be released on home video. In retrospect, it impresses even more as a dark comedy; how much darker can you get when the central character is a four-time widow? And what a cast: Dick Van Dyke at the height of his TV popularity; Paul Newman (one of the biggest movie stars of the 1960's); and veterans Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly. And the fantasy vignettes!! Some viewers have commented that they don't like them, but I think they add to the insane atmosphere of the film: MacLaine's union with Newman viewed as a black-and-white, slightly X-rated, Italian film or her life with Kelly imagined as a Hollywood musical (a clever way, incidentally, to show off her own talent as a dancer- not to mention those long, magnificent legs). My favorite one (isn't it everyone's?) is the fantasy sequence with husband Robert Mitchum- which shows off a spectacular Edith Head fashion show. I don't know who is sitting on the rights to this film, but it would be a wonderful gift for the movie-loving public to see this released to the masses ASAP.

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