A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 May 1967 (USA)
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A man gives his co-worker a series of lessons on how to cheat on one's wife without being caught.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Manning
Ruth Manning
Mrs. Irma Johnson
Jackie Russell ...
Miss Harris
Edward L. 'Ed' Stander
Aline Towne ...
Mousey Man's Wife
Claire Kelly ...
Harriet Stander
Joe X's Blowsy Blonde
Marvin Brody ...
Taxi Driver
Mrs. Fred V.
Marian Mason ...
Mrs. Rance G.
Tommy Farrell ...
Rance G.'s Hanger On
Miss Stardust
Jason Wingreen ...
Harry 'Big Fella' Johnson
Pat Becker ...
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Ed convinces his best friend Paul that he should fool around with other women in order to preserve his happy marriage. Ed illustrates his point with a series of vignettes acted out by a lot of famous celebrities. The joke of it all is that Paul is married to lovely Ruth! Written by alfiehitchie

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Fourteen Famous Swingers give you the do's and don't's for the man with the roving eye and the urge to stray!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

25 May 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Guía para el hombre casado  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Each celebrity who did a cameo was paid $10,000 for two days work (including The Turtles who sang the title song). If anyone was required to work for more than two days, they were to receive an extra $10,000. No one went overtime. See more »


Technical Adviser: Joe?
Technical Adviser: Yeah. Hi, baby.
Technical Adviser: Hi, honey.
Technical Adviser: How are the kids?
Technical Adviser: Fine.
Technical Adviser: Good. What's for dinner?
Technical Adviser: Chicken.
Technical Adviser: Chicken? We just had that two days ago.
Technical Adviser: No, that was last Thursday we had chicken.
Technical Adviser: Are you calling me a liar?
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Spoofed in The Prince of Lies (1992) See more »


A Guide For The Married Man
Performed by The Turtles
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Music by John Williams
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27 September 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Gene Kelly, who directed this film, was a man that understood clearly timing and movement, as his distinguished career demonstrates. Being behind the camera gives him the opportunity to have his players to put into practice some of his ideas and the result is a film that is a lot of fun and doesn't appear too dated.

What Mr. Kelly accomplished with this film was bringing together two charismatic performers at the top of their form. Walter Matthau had been seen in lots of supporting roles before, but as Paul Manning, the bored husband looking for ways of having fun on the side, he is wonderful. The same could be said about Robert Morse, who had been on the New York stage and in other movies. Mr. Morse makes a fantastic contribution with his take of Ed Stander, the man who knew about how to go after the women he wanted without regard of the consequences.

Ed Stander puts a bug in Paul Manning's brain about how to have fun away from home. The only thing is, Paul is a man with a normal marriage with an adoring wife, who would not even contemplate in reciprocating what he is trying to do if he follows Ed's advice.

The other amazing thing in the film is the different vignettes that are seen throughout the movie. Some of the best and most accomplished actors working in Hollywood have a small part in cameo appearances that illustrate points that Ed would like Paul to put into practice. This way we get to see actors of the caliber of Lucille Ball, Art Carney, Jack Benny, Joey Bishop, Louis Nye, Jayne Mansfield, Phil Silvers, and others playing the dream-like sequences.

"A Guide for the Married Man" is a film worthy of our time since it takes us back to a more innocent period. Thanks to Mr. Kelly's inspired direction, the film will always be a favorite of mature fans.

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