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Writers:
Gwen Davis (story)
Betty Comden (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
12 May 1964 (USA) See more »
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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:
What a Costume Budget! See more (62 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
There is a running gag that Paul Newman's character is a starving painter. In every scene he is eating something.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:
Rod Anderson, Jr.:What are you doing after the orgy?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs Jules and Jim (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67See more »

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29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
What a Costume Budget!, 5 January 2005
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

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.

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