7.0/10
3,181
65 user 9 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The fashion industry and Paris provide the setting for a comedy surrounding the mistaken impression that Joanne Woodward is a high-priced call girl. Paul Newman is the journalist interviewing her for insights on her profession.

Director: Melville Shavelson
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Thelma Ritter
My Geisha (1962)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An actress disguises herself as a geisha in order to land the lead role in her director husband's film version of 'Madam Butterfly'.

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy
The Prize (1963)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Paul Newman, Edward G. Robinson, Elke Sommer
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

All about the citizens of Putnam's Landing and their reactions to an army missile base in their back yard.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Joan Collins
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Colonel Ryder, the publisher of a magazine, dies while on vacation. Tony, his swinging nephew, inherits the magazine and takes over. Presently, the magazine is planning to expand and to do ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Anthony
Stars: Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Cliff Robertson
Sweet Charity (1969)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Fosse
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa
Paris Blues (1961)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Sidney Poitier
Harper (1966)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Julie Harris
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jerry Ryan is wandering aimlessly around New York, having given up his law career in Nebraska when his wife asked for a divorce. He meets up with Gittel Mosca, an impoverished dancer from ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Shirley MacLaine, Edmon Ryan
The Outrage (1964)
Drama | Western | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Paul Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Louisa May Foster
...
...
Rod Anderson, Jr.
...
Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley
...
Pinky Benson
...
Dr. Victor Stephanson (as Bob Cummings)
...
Edgar Hopper
...
Painter
...
Mrs. Foster
Lou Nova ...
Trentino
...
Baroness
Maurice Marsac ...
Rene
...
Agent
...
Polly
Lenny Kent ...
Hollywood Lawyer
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 July 1964 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

I Love Louisa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The matte painting used for the "Flaming Lips" premiere is the same used for "Royal Rascal" and "The Dancing Cavalier" premieres in Singin' in the Rain (1952). See more »

Goofs

When Louisa joins Rod Anderson on the flight deck of the airplane, it obviously is not one of a 707, as the exterior shots establish. There is no flight engineer position, and the control yokes appear to be from a Douglas airplane. In addition, there are a number of instruments behind the pilot's position. See more »

Quotes

Larry Flint: The Louvre - It's the garbage pail of the arts.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofs Follow the Fleet (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Musical Extravaganza
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Jule Styne
Performed by Gene Kelly, Shirley MacLaine and dancers.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What a Costume Budget!
5 January 2005 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

MacLaine gets a huge workout in this episodic comedy about a woman from humble beginnings who is satisfied with the smaller things in life, but who keeps marrying men who make a fortune and then die, leaving her a wealthy widow four times over! Each one of the marriages sees MacLaine experiencing a new level of frustration and enveloping herself in an increasingly over-the-top super-glam wardrobe. As she relates the marriages to the rather manipulative psychologist Cummings, each relationship is seen as if it were a certain movie genre. Van Dyke lives a simple existence as a small-time store owner and their sequence contains an old silent-movie vignette. Newman is an expatriate artist living in Paris, so theirs is a slightly naughty French art film. Mitchum is a businessman loaded with dough which lends itself to a parody of the fur-and-fashion Ross Hunter women's pictures. Then marriage to small town hoofer Kelly includes a big song and dance number out of a 1940's musical. Also on hand is loutish playboy Martin, who plays the man her mother (Dumont) wanted her to marry in the first place. MacLaine gives a worthy performance with lots of physical comedy and an impressive dance sequence. She's occasionally a little shrill, but that's the character. Van Dyke is solid, Newman is sexy (and shows more skin here - albeit G-rated - than in the bulk of his other movies), Mitchum is charming, Kelly is appropriately self-involved and Martin is his usual suave, laid-back self. All of the actors establish a nice chemistry with MacLaine (who lived many a gal's dream when she got to pair up with all the leading men of this film!) It's fun to see these actors hamming it up and having fun with their unusual roles. The real star, however, apart from MacLaine, is the eye-popping, jaw-dropping parade of costumes and wigs. Some are breathtakingly glamorous, some are atrociously eye-assaulting, but they really steal the show, especially during the Mitchum sequence. Edith Head clearly had a field day (but lost the Oscar to equally-gifted Cecil Beaton for his "My Fair Lady" gowns.) There are also some attention-getting set designs. It's the kind of frothy, harmless, yet beautiful film that rarely gets made today. Some modern movie-goers will note MacLaine's uncanny resemblance to Renee Zellweger at times in this film. She gave this type of frothy flick a go in "Down With Love", but no one came (of course, it wasn't as good, so it isn't surprising!) The pattern of the movie threatens to become tiresome, but the changes in stars and venues and the clever scripting of Comden and Green help keep it afloat.


37 of 52 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?