How to Commit Marriage (1969)

M  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  12 June 1970 (Finland)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 341 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 1 critic

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.


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Bob Hope is a stressed out talk show host who is sent on a vacation to Arizona on doctor's orders and has to play Sherlock Holmes with his wife, the lovely Eva Marie Saint, to solve a series of murders that has Bob as the prime suspect.

Director: Paul Bogart
Stars: Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Sgt. O'Farrell an Army soldier on an island in the South Pacific during World War II is trying to bring the two basics of life to his fellow servicemen, women and beer. The supply ship ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jeffrey Hunter
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A writer meets a young socialite on board a train. The two fall in love and are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them.

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

As an employee at the United Nations building in New York City, Bob Hope finds himself in charge of an infant abandoned at the UN. Besides being a bachelor trying to cope with an infant, he... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Bob Hope, Michèle Mercier, Elga Andersen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Single father Bob Holcomb, dissatisfied with his daughter JoJo's choice of partner, seizes an unexpected opportunity to bring her on a trip to Sweden in order for her to forget all thoughts... See full summary »

Director: Frederick De Cordova
Stars: Bob Hope, Dina Merrill, Tuesday Weld
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The Divine D.D., a European actress known more for her bubble bath scenes than for her acting, decides she has had enough with bubble baths and wants to be taken seriously as an actress. So... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Elke Sommer, Phyllis Diller
Call Me Bwana (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A returning moon capsule with vital information goes off course and lands in Africa where the little-known Ekele tribesmen find it. Washington orders the great African Authority Matthew ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Bob Hope, Anita Ekberg, Edie Adams
Three's Company (1977–1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The misadventures of two women and one man living in one apartment and their neighbors.

Stars: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers
Paris Holiday (1958)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Comedian Bob Hunter is aided by his French counterpart Fernydel and two beautiful blondes when he is targeted for death by a powerful European counterfeiting ring.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Bob Hope, Fernandel, Anita Ekberg
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Bank teller and widower with seven kids, Bob Hope finds $10,000 in a parking lot. His luck quickly changes when it's discovered that his bank discovers a substantial money shortage in their... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, Noelle Middleton
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Bob Hope is a New York theater critic and his wife (Lucille Ball in their final motion picture pairing) writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Hope must either get out of ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weis
Stars: Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Maxwell


Credited cast:
Frank Benson
Oliver Poe
Elaine Benson
Phil Fletcher
Maureen Arthur ...
Lois Grey
Laverne Baker
David Poe (as Tim Matthieson)
Irwin Corey ...
The Baba Ziba (as Professor Irwin Corey)
The Comfortable Chair ...
Musical Group
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Comedy | Music | Romance


M | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 June 1970 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Avioliittokaruselli  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This movie is the film debut of the California progressive psychedelic hippie band "The Comfortable Chair", recording artists on CBS-Ode Records, whose six band members appear as themselves in the movie. They were discovered and produced by John Densmore and Robby Krieger of famous rock band The Doors. They are: Bernie Schwartz - lead vocals, Barbara Wallace - lead vocals, Gene Garfin - lead guitar, Gary Davis - bass guitar, Greg LeRoy - drums & percussion, and Tad Barczak - synthesizer & piano keyboards. See more »


At the end of the golf sequence an out of place mechanical drinking fountain appears next to the green to serve as a ricochet barrier during Mildred's match-winning putt, never to be seen again. See more »


Oliver Poe: [spots the recently divorced Benson's with their respective dates, at his standing room only nightclub, dressed like hippies] Well, look who just came in... split-city. I think I'll go over and deflate some egos.
Laverne Baker: Now, Oliver, don't cause any trouble.
Oliver Poe: [with glee] Me? Trouble? Preposterous!
Oliver Poe: [walks over to Benson's table] Who are you supposed to be Sambo's mother?
Frank Benson: Look Flabberino, why don't you leave and make room for like six more tables?
Oliver Poe: Sold any mud, lately? Well, well, well. One big happy family....
See more »


Features The Crimson Kimono (1959) See more »


Be Me
Written by Barbara A. Baczek, Tad Baczek, Gary Davis, Warner Davis, Eugene A. Garfin, Gregory B. LeRoy and Bernie Schwartz
Performed by The Comfortable Chair
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The psychedelic hippie band RayMcAnally
Why the need to put child up for adoption? BaileySEA
Discuss How to Commit Marriage (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: