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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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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 »
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A delicious comedy with a sweet sensuality. See more (14 total) »


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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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:X | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:X | UK:PG (video)

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David Sloane:Harry, I've had martinis all over the world... and I can safely say... yours are the worst.See more »
The Winds of ChangeSee more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A delicious comedy with a sweet sensuality., 16 October 2004
Author: Jorge Luiz Dutra Iório from Barra do Pirai, RJ, Brasil

A delicious comedy - that's how HOW TO SAVE A MARRIAGE AND RUIN YOUR LIFE must be classified. When HOW TO SAVE A MARRIAGE was released in 1968, I was only a teenager. Today, I regret I had not the opportunity to watch this film by that time, because I always loved that kind of comedy - not necessary to mention Doris Day's ones. Unfortunately, I only had the chance to see it in the late 1970's, firstly at TV broadcasting and afterwards, at my video-cassette home. It might seem strange to some persons, to affirm that all stars on this film have a nice performance - in special the gallant Dean Martin, the sweet Stella Stevens and the versatile Elli Wallach. On the other hand, the critics are generally very rigorous with this kind of comedy because they always expect more sensuality (or more obscenity) on scenes, however, this comedy is very funny just because the absence of malice and the presence of ingredients like a sweet sensuality - a kind of purity which we cannot see neither on today's films nor at real life. The situations are very hilariant - in special that one on which the mother-in-law's grave of a certain man is changed by asking of Carol Corman's (Stella Stevens) to the sunny side of the cemetery, as she believed on that grave was the body of David's wife, and her decision creates a lot of confusion. Stella Stevens is also very fun when she discovers David was never married, and just because of that, she practices to launch darts against David's shirt as if she was launched them over him - her beautiful face express an ingenious and hilarious hate against David, not only because of her beauty but also because of her incredible charm and, of course, her great talent as a comedian. Because of the absolute absence of obscenity at scenes, I think this film deserves to be released on DVD - as this comedy takes some of us for the good times. Special feature to Michel Legrand and to his beautiful song titled "Winds Of Change", and the superb performance by The Ray Conniff Singers at overture and final credits.

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