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What a Way to Go! (1964)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  12 May 1964 (USA)
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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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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
Reginald Gardiner ...
Painter
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Mrs. Foster
Lou Nova ...
Trentino
Fifi D'Orsay ...
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Maurice Marsac ...
Rene
Wally Vernon ...
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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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12 May 1964 (USA)  »

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I Love Louisa  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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There is a running gag that Paul Newman's character is a starving painter. In every scene he is eating something. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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Spoofs Follow the Fleet (1936) See more »

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Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
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EPITOME OF LUSH BIG NAME MID 60'S COMEDY MOVIES
10 October 2000 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

"WHAT A WAY TO GO" is the epitome of the lush mid 60's style comedies. Great cast. Shirley MacLaine as Louisa, is a simple girl who longs for the simple life. Although her mother, played by the great Marx Brothers straight woman Margaret Dumont, pushes her to get with the money, Louisa marries for love. Once a little prosperity has touched hubby # 1, he works himself to an early grave. Poor Louisa goes through 3 more husbands who also are devoured by their various forms of greed leading to their demise(s). Finally with husband # 5 , Dean Martin as Leonard Crawley, she has found the simple life...or has she ? As Louella Parsons would have put it : Shirley was never lovelier than in this picture ! Edith Head clothes, and hair by Guilaroff, MacLaine looks wonderful wallowing in her chicest mourning weeds...Best Segment : Hubby #3 Bob Mitchum ........


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