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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
Robert B. Shepard .... playback singer (uncredited)
Other crew
Bill O'Sullivan .... production consultant

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102 min
Color (Pathécolor)
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Sound Mix:
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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Running Interference, 3 April 2012
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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