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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
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Mrs. Foster
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Rene
Wally Vernon ...
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Polly
Lenny Kent ...
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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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Comedy | Romance

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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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Initially intended as a vehicle for Marilyn Monroe. Producer Arthur P. Jacobs was Monroe's publicist, and J. Lee Thompson was on her list of approved directors. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie Shirley MacLaine and Bob Cummings are on a couch which rises high into the air. In a medium shot there is a white lampshade in the background that is below his shoulder. In a following medium shot the bottom of the shade is bout 8 inches above his shoulder. In the next long shot the top of the shade is at least a foot below the bottom of the couch, a difference of about 4 feet between shots. See more »

Quotes

Rod Anderson, Jr.: What are you doing after the orgy?
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Opening Fox Fanfare is in the colour PINK. See more »

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

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I Think that You and I Should Get Acquainted
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Jule Styne
Performed by Gene Kelly
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Very funny with a very sexy Shirley
17 February 1999 | by (Chicago, Il) – See all my reviews

"What A Way To Go" is a very funny black comedy about a woman who keeps marrying rich men who meet with untimely deaths. So she keeps getting richer but not happier. The husbands are all played (in small parts) by some of Hollywood's biggest names at the time. Paul Newman, Gene Kelly, Robert Mitchum just to name a few. And Shirley MacLaine is at her absolute sexiest in this film. (Check out the movie sequence with Robert Mitchum). A very enjoyable but overlooked film.


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