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How to Commit Marriage (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  12 June 1970 (Finland)
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Young couple decide to live together and they wind up having a baby. They decide they should give the baby up for adoption. The baby's Mother's parents wind up adopting the baby using a fake name.


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Frank Benson
Oliver Poe
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Phil Fletcher
Maureen Arthur ...
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Laverne Baker
David Poe (as Tim Matthieson)
Irwin Corey ...
The Baba Ziba (as Professor Irwin Corey)
JoAnna Cameron ...
The Comfortable Chair ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Detective Sergeant Charlie Bancroft (archive footage)
Victoria Shaw ...
Christine Downs (archive footage)


When a young couple is about to marry, the bride's parents decide to divorce. Loosing faith in marriage, the young couple live together instead. After the birth of a child, they put it up for adoption. The bride's parents reconcile so that they can secretly adopt their grandchild. Written by laird-3

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Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason request the honor of your presence at a swinging session on How to Commit Marriage.


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Release Date:

12 June 1970 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Avioliittokaruselli  »

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David Poe: Oliver, Nancy and I are going to get married.
Nancy Benson: We love each other, Mr. Poe.
Oliver Poe: That's Victorian bourgeois. I'll prove it you.
[calls mistress on speaker phone]
Oliver Poe: Laverne, are we sleeping together?
Laverne Baker: Yes, Oliver.
Oliver Poe: Do we love each other? Are we married?
Laverne Baker: Yes, dear. No, dear.
Oliver Poe: [disconnects speaker phone] Case closed.
David Poe: Nancy's parents are married.
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Written by Johnny Mercer
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is that band anybody?
18 August 2000 | by (tecumseh michigan) – See all my reviews

Wow, when you see how Hollywood portrays the social revolution in the sixties, you can see why people had to rebell!!! The writing is definitely in the tone of the grown-ups making fun of the band names during the sixties.

It was surprising to see Tim Matheson in this movie. Also Tina Louise of Gilligan's Island fame. Leslie Nielsen is another one who is still popular.

But who is that sensitive sixties band with the dreamy sound and the groovy philosophy? They're called "The Comfortable Chair" in the movie, but embarrassing as it is to admit, they sound like a real band from the time. Someone like "Small Faces", or whatever their name was.

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