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

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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Complete credited cast:
David Sloane
Carol Corman
Harry Hunter
Muriel Laszlo
Mr. Slotkin
Katharine Bard ...
Mary Hunter
Eddie Rankin
Everett Bauer
Marcia Borie
Monroe Arnold ...
Wally Hammond
Claude Stroud ...
Hall Satler


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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Release Date:

29 January 1968 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Bague au doigt, corde au cou  »

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2.35 : 1
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Thelma: The only nice thing you can say about men is they're all the same.
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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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Surprisingly good
22 January 2010 | by (baltimore , md) – See all my reviews

Despite being a 30 year old dyed-in-the-wool film buff when this was released I don't remember hearing about it.That despite being a huge fan of Dean Martin and his "playboy" sensibility at the time. (Still am.) This was approximately the period when the country's sense of humor slowly began to change to that of irony and sarcasm.In less than 10 years it would be David Letterman, the Smothers Brothers, and Saturday Night Live.The humor extant in this film would be relegated to dreary TV sitcoms. Dean holds his own with Eli Wallach (no easy feat) and he really seems to be working a little harder than usual to get the laughs.While I'm not familiar with Stella Stevens' body of work (no pun intended)if this is representative then she bears closer examination(again no pun intended). The best way to put it? This is 1968's version of those great screwball comedies that dominated the 30's and early 40's and it doesn't do too badly by comparison.

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