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How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life -- A carefree bachelor tries to convince his friend that his mistress is as capable of cheating on him as he is, but when the bachelor mistakes another woman for the mistress, confusion ensues.


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Stanley Shapiro (written by) &
Nate Monaster (written by)
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Release Date:
29 January 1968 (Sweden) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Dean Martin ... David Sloane

Stella Stevens ... Carol Corman

Eli Wallach ... Harry Hunter

Anne Jackson ... Muriel Laszlo
Betty Field ... Thelma

Jack Albertson ... Mr. Slotkin
Katharine Bard ... Mary Hunter

Woodrow Parfrey ... Eddie Rankin

Alan Oppenheimer ... Everett Bauer

Shelley Morrison ... Marcia Borie

George Furth ... Roger
Monroe Arnold ... Wally Hammond
Claude Stroud ... Hall Satler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bruce Chesse ... Groom (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Fielder Cook 
Writing credits
Stanley Shapiro (written by) &
Nate Monaster (written by)

Produced by
Stanley Shapiro .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Film Editing by
Philip W. Anderson 
Production Design by
Robert Clatworthy 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Faye Chaney .... makeup artist
Hank Edds .... makeup artist
Steve Lane .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wendell Franklin .... assistant director
Special Effects by
Geza Gaspar .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Garvin .... camera operator
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Other crew
Bill O'Sullivan .... production consultant

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102 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:X | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:X | UK:PG (video)

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Thelma:Miss Laszlo watches all the old pictures, and a lot of the actors have passed away.
Muriel Laszlo:I saw a marvelous comedy last night. The entire cast was dead.
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Rock Hudson/Doris Day type film released after the "Summer of Love", 2 October 2002
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This movie was written and produced by the same people who worked on the great Hudson/Day films. Those innocent sex comedies worked well in the early 60s but by the end of the decade they seemed a bit dated and even more contrived. Maybe that is part of the reason why this movie wasn't as big a hit as the prior teaming of Dean Martin and Stella Stevens for Columbia, The Silencers (1966).

Martin plays a confirmed bachelor (the playboy kind, not the gay kind) who suspects his best friend (Wallach) is having an affair with one of his employees (Stevens). Martin tries to help save his friend's marriage by trying to break up the relationship and starts wooing the wrong woman (Stevens) to prove her unfaithful. Wallach is actually having the affair with a completely different woman (Anne Jackson).

When Martin finds out his mistake he tries to shake Stevens, after already moving her into a posh apartment and getting her to quit her job for him. Stevens finds out about his deception and WAR starts.

The stars and supporting cast in this movie do a great job and there are some very funny moments. I think this is THE movie where Stella Stevens got the big build-up as the "new Marilyn Monroe." She's definitely beautiful, sexy and funny enough to deserve the title.

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