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What a Way to Go! -- 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.

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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:
All she wants is love, all she gets is money! See more (64 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)
Leon Alton ... Awards Ceremony Guest (uncredited)

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

Mark Bailey ... Private Airline Pilot (uncredited)
John Barton ... Farmer (uncredited)
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Freeman (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Restaurant Patron (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)
Paul Cristo ... Party Guest (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)
Gari Hardy ... Girl (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)
Ernesto Molinari ... Diner Patron (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Crawleyville Lawyer (uncredited)
Patrick O'Moore ... Undetermined Secondary Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Cleo Ronson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Photographer (uncredited)
Myrna Ross ... Party Girl at Ron Anderson's 'Orgy' (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Justin Smith ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Frenchman (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 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video re-rating) (2006) | USA:Approved (certificate #20609) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
This was her first of Shirley MacLaine's two consecutive films to wind up with her cavorting under an oil gusher; she did the same thing in the climax to her next movie, John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Dick Van Dyke is heavily covered in mud as a result of Dean Martin's car, yet a moment later, it looked like he was lightly covered.See more »
Quotes:
Rod Anderson, Jr.:What are you doing after the orgy?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Spring SongSee more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
All she wants is love, all she gets is money!, 2 August 2002
Author: Lumiere-5 from United States

This is a great film. Some have said it epitomizes the 1960s glamour comedies but what it cleverly does is parody them, and other film genres, through its movie dream sequences and the ridiculous and gorgeous costumes Shirley wears. It has a great cast and everyone is in top tongue in cheek form. Dick Van Dyke plays his usual neo-Marx brothers physical comedy schtick (with Margaret DuMont, no less!) at the height of his powers. Paul Newman is great playing against type as a tortured artist, a perfect sendup of Kirk Douglas' portrayal of Van Gough in *Lust for Life* (he even wears the same beard). Mitchum is suave and cool as a kind of Cash McCall gone wrong, but far more slick then Jim Garner ever was. To top it off, Gene Kelley does an incredible spot on parody of himself in the Holywood story, with iconic images taken straight from his greatest triumph *Singing in the Rain,* turned on their head and twisted into a grotesque commentary on the evils of Hollywood as opposed to its dreams and glamour. The scene where he is trampled to death by his fans holds up a hilarious mirror to the similar scene in *Singing in the Rain* where he has his clothes torn off by them. This film elevated parody to a high art form before anybody had even heard the term "post modernism!" And those gowns she wears! The best one is the one which is just a string of pearls down Shirley's sexy back (she faces away from the camera for the shole scene because she is obviously topless). They must have cost a fortune! this is obviously a film with a very Lush Bugett!

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