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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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12 May 1964 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Leoda Richards ... Imitation of Mink party guest (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)
Crew verified as complete

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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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)

Did You Know?

When Elizabeth Taylor was still attached to the project (then titled I Love Louisa), actors sought to play her husbands included Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis--none of whom appeared in the final film.See more »
Continuity: The length and the position of the carrot Larry eats while talking to Louisa.See more »
Larry Flint:The Louvre - It's the garbage pail of the arts.See more »
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67See more »


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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The Power of MacLaine in the 60's, 14 November 2000
Author: Boyo-2

In the 1960's, you could not argue with the star power of Shirley MacLaine. She was probably in at least twenty movies in that decade. This is a worthy showcase to her talent and hold ups well for the most part. The movie is very funny in parts and when its not out-and-out funny, you are still smiling. Its nice to see Paul Newman and Robert Mitchum in a light comedy, and Dean Martin and Dick Van Dyke were good also.

Margaret Dumont as Shirley's mother was very funny and I was sorry she was not in more scenes. All those years of sharing a screen with the Marx Brothers certainly rubbed off.

I would love to know which men were offered parts but did not appear in the movie - like, where is Jack Lemmon and Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford?

Edith Head must have billed 20th Century Fox for a million hours of OT. She creates about six hundred costumes for Shirley and the guys. I think she got a nomination for this, but then again, in her case that's not saying anything special.

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