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12 June 1970 (Finland) See more »
Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason request the honor of your presence at a swinging session on How to Commit Marriage.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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While initially funny, How to Commit Marriage eventually becomes lame See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bob Hope ... Frank Benson

Jackie Gleason ... Oliver Poe

Jane Wyman ... Elaine Benson

Leslie Nielsen ... Phil Fletcher
Maureen Arthur ... Lois Grey

Tina Louise ... Laverne Baker

Tim Matheson ... David Poe (as Tim Matthieson)

Paul Stewart ... Willoughby
Irwin Corey ... The Baba Ziba (as Professor Irwin Corey)

JoAnna Cameron ... Nancy Benson
The Comfortable Chair ... Musical Group
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Glenn Corbett ... Detective Sergeant Charlie Bancroft (archive footage)
Victoria Shaw ... Christine Downs (archive footage)
Don Brodie ... Pevney (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Reverend Dempster (uncredited)
Lauren Gilbert ... Ralph, Benson's Lawyer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Racetrack Extra (uncredited)

Anne Seymour ... Molly, Baby's Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Panama 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Kanin  writer
Ben Starr  writer

Produced by
Bill Lawrence .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
Art Direction by
Edward D. Engoron 
Set Decoration by
John Lamphear 
Costume Design by
Nolan Miller 
Makeup Department
Mike Moschella .... makeup artist
Fred Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Austen Jewell .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Mickey Moore)
Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Justus Gibbs .... special effects
Editorial Department
Igo Kantor .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... musical director
Other crew
Jack Baker .... choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:S | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating)

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Last theatrical movie appearance of Jane Wyman.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Frank Benson:[meeting Poe for the first time in church] I'm in real estate.
Oliver Poe:But not deep enough. I have a horrible feeling we've met before. Does 7719 Hillside Drive mean anything to you?
Frank Benson:Isn't that a three bedroom, hillside colonial with patio, wet bar, and over-sized bay window? Nothing personal.
Oliver Poe:Tee-hee. You forgot to mention the hill in the back and the guaranteed retaining wall.
Frank Benson:Yeah, well... I sell so many, I forget the details.
Oliver Poe:Twenty thousand tons of mud in a swimming isn't exactly a detail!
[grabs Benson's arm]
Oliver Poe:The house was on a hill until it rained then the hill was on the house.
Oliver Poe:That was twenty years ago and they're still digging to find the backyard.
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While initially funny, How to Commit Marriage eventually becomes lame, 10 September 2013
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

Well, one of my curiosities was settled when I watched this movie starring for the only time Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, and Jane Wyman together. This one turned out to be Ms. Wyman's last theatrical feature and Hope's penultimate one as leading man. Hope has some pretty funny lines in the beginning and has some good rapport with Ms. Wyman up to the scene when they both dress in the '60s fashion style at a club their daughter (JoAnna Cameron) performs in with her partner Tim Matheson who's the son of Gleason here. Gleason himself also seems pretty funny when performing with Hope in trading insults but after a while, the plot goes in nonsense places like having a monkey play golf with Hope that really gets lame. And don't get me started with Professor Irwin Corey as an Indian-style wise man who Hope later imitates. I did like Hope when he faked a stereotypical Scottish man in another plot point though I don't feel like wasting time recounting that one here. There's also a mixture of film styles like the undercranking of some scenes and the split screen usually presented in these '60s movies that didn't work comically. Still, it was interesting enough for me to see other players like Tina Louise, formerly of "Gilligan's Island", and Matheson-years from his iconic teaming with John Belushi in Animal House, not to mention Leslie Nielson way before his legendary teaming with Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker for Airplane! and the "Police Squad" TV shows/Naked Gun movies. So on that note, How to Commit Marriage is worth a look for those curious of all of the above.

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