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How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 29 January 1968 (Sweden)
When a carefree bachelor tries to get his best friend to drop his mistress and return to his wife, he finds himself with romantic problems as well.

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Battle of the sexes comedy about a free-wheeling bachelor who decides to save his friend's marriage by proving that all mistresses are incapable of fidelity. The plot gets complicated when the bachelor offers to set up the wrong girl in a lavish love-nest and she accepts, thinking it to be a marriage proposal. Written by alfiehitchie

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After you've had your wedding cake - do you need a little cookie, too?! See more »

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29 January 1968 (Sweden)  »

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Bague au doigt, corde au cou  »

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Shelley Morrison, who plays Stella Stevens' friend and co-worker in the opening scene in the department store, later gained fame as Sister Sixto in the 60s TV show "The Flying Name", and more famously as Rosario in "Will and Grace". See more »

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Eddie Rankin tosses a bouquet of flowers off Edna Sloane's grave and starts arranging stones he had placed there. The scene switches as he places the stones and the bouquet is back on the grave. See more »

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Mr. Slotkin: I just hope I don't end up in an old salesmen's home with a nurse who has no sense of humor.
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The Winds of Change
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Mack David
Performed by The Ray Conniff Singers
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Running Interference
3 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dean Martin steps nicely into a role that Rock Hudson would have been cast in with How To Save A Marriage. Others here think that Stella Stevens is standing in for Doris Day. But for myself Stella's part is way to kookie for something Doris would have done. If Doris was offered the part she wisely refused. Stella's role opposite Dean is similar to what Paula Prentiss did opposite Rock in Man's Favorite Sport.

The title does say it all. Dino is a pal of philandering Eli Wallach who is married to Katherine Card and who Card confides in about her suspicions that Wallach is straying. So Dino resolves to do interference between Wallach and the other woman.

The problem is that Dino misses his target and starts putting the moves on Stella Stevens who works in Wallach's department store. Eli is really seeing his real life wife Anne Jackson. When it all falls apart Stella makes a united stand with Anne and their landlady Betty Field against the predatory male. Stella puts poor Dino through quite a ringer before she's found out.

In a very broad part that calls for overacting Eli Wallach steps nicely into the Tony Randall/Gig Young part. He easily steals the film from the two stars.

How To Save A Marriage is the last and one of the lesser modern dress comedies that Dean Martin did after splitting from Jerry Lewis. From then on his film career would be mostly westerns and Matt Helm films. You want to see Martin showcased best in screen comedy look at All In A Night's Work or Who's Got The Action.


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