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Release Date:
29 January 1968 (Sweden) See more »
The wife you save... may be your own! See more »
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 »
Eli Wallach dies at 98
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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
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Ray Conniff .... music theme
Other crew
Bill O'Sullivan .... production consultant

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102 min
Color (Pathécolor)
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Harry Hunter:[to Carol] But there's an opening in merchandise, and you have character, integrity, and principle. It'd be interesting to see if an executive could survivewith such handicaps.See more »


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Very funny, 10 March 2011
Author: vchimpanzee

Carol works in a New York City department store and hopes for advancement, but a lecherous supervisor stands in her way.

That's okay. She is given the menial task of delivering dry cleaning, and she ends up finding out that her top manager Harry is cheating on his wife Mary.

Harry attempts to keep Carol quiet by offering her a big promotion. He also talks over the situation with his longtime friend David, a fun-loving bachelor who finds out only part of the story and thinks Harry is cheating with Carol.

To save Harry's marriage, David pretends to be interested in Carol (hoping she will drop Harry) and finds many opportunities to visit her workplace. Soon they are dating, and David sets her up with an apartment in the same posh building where Harry's mistress Muriel lives. As luck would have it, Carol and Muriel become friends. Another friend is landlady Thelma, who has few good things to say about men.

But David soon finds he is in over his head. And one thing he should never have done was claim to have an ex-wife and show Carol where she is buried.

The results are hilarious.

The writing is very clever. So many misunderstandings create considerable potential for laughs.

Dean Martin seems to be a better singer than an actor, but if this movie is evaluated as a mere screwball comedy rather than Oscar material, he does just fine here. Likewise, Eli Wallach is well suited for a role as a straying businessman, but it won't be his most memorable film appearance. Stella Stevens gives a strong performance. One standout actor is a man who finds out what David's plans are for his fictional wife. He is very funny.

It's a worthy effort.

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