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Director:
Writers:
Gwen Davis (story)
Betty Comden (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
12 May 1964 (USA) See more »
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What A Cast!... What A Past!... What A Show!...
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Delirium Tremens of the loveliest kind See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Shirley MacLaine ... Louisa May Foster

Paul Newman ... Larry Flint

Robert Mitchum ... Rod Anderson, Jr.

Dean Martin ... Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley

Gene Kelly ... Pinky Benson

Robert Cummings ... Dr. Victor Stephanson (as Bob Cummings)

Dick Van Dyke ... Edgar Hopper
Reginald Gardiner ... Painter

Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Foster
Lou Nova ... Trentino
Fifi D'Orsay ... Baroness
Maurice Marsac ... Rene
Wally Vernon ... Agent
Jane Wald ... Polly
Lenny Kent ... Hollywood Lawyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Army Archerd ... TV Announcer (uncredited)
Anton Arnold ... Mr. Foster (uncredited)
Phil Arnold ... Publicity and Press Agent (uncredited)

Mark Bailey ... Private Airline Pilot (uncredited)
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Freeman (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Lynn Borden ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Barbara Bouchet ... Girl on Plane (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Waiter (uncredited)
Christopher Connelly ... Ned (uncredited)
Tom Conway ... Lord Kensington (uncredited)
William Corcoran ... Leonard Crawley Jr. - Age 7 (uncredited)
Carol Daniels ... Bathing Beauty (uncredited)

Douglass Dumbrille ... Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Anthony Eustrel ... Willard (uncredited)
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Geraldine Crawley - Age 4 (uncredited)
Jeff Fithian ... Jonathan Crawley - Age 5 (uncredited)
Jacques Foti ... Policeman (uncredited)
Milton Frome ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Teri Garr ... Dancer in Shipboard Number (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Minister (uncredited)
Sid Gould ... Movie Executive (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Patron (uncredited)
Jack Greening ... Chester (uncredited)
Arlene Harris ... Older Woman in Club Audience (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Marcel Hillaire ... French Lawyer (uncredited)
Paula Lane ... Movie Executive's Girl (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Lady Kensington (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Crawleyville Lawyer (uncredited)
Patrick O'Moore ... Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Cleo Ronson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Myrna Ross ... Party Girl at Ron Anderson's 'Orgy' (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Justin Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Dick Wilson ... Driscoll (uncredited)
Helene Winston ... Doris (uncredited)

Directed by
J. Lee Thompson 
 
Writing credits
Gwen Davis (story)

Betty Comden (screenplay) and
Adolph Green (screenplay)

Produced by
Arthur P. Jacobs .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marjorie Fowler 
Pat Shade (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... supervising hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles creator: Miss MacLaine
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Dick Smith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred R. Simpson .... assistant director
John Flynn .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Les Warner .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
M. Duke Abrahams .... props (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound
Bill Wells .... recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Red Crawford .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mark Kaufman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Leo McCreary .... grip (uncredited)
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lloyd Phillips .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... gowns: Miss MacLaine
Moss Mabry .... wardrobe: men
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Leon Charles .... dialogue coach
Richard Humphrey .... assistant: Mr. Kelly
Gene Kelly .... choreographer
John Franco .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Humphrey .... choreographer (uncredited)
Billy Mahan .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (re-rating) (video) (2006) | USA:Approved (certificate #20609) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Following death of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor was briefly attached to project before Shirley MacLaine ultimately played the lead role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Larry Flint:The Louvre - It's the garbage pail of the arts.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Follow the Fleet (1936)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Think that You and I Should Get AcquaintedSee more »

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42 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
Delirium Tremens of the loveliest kind, 7 February 2005
Author: marcosaguado from Los Angeles, USA

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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