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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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  (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:
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Sound Mix:
Finland:S | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating)

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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 »
Continuity: During the golf match sequence the bag of potato chips Mildred the Chimp is enjoying changes between shots from a full bag to one torn in half then full again.See more »
Lois Grey:Mrs. Benson, you're husband is a very attractive man, but just for the record I'm not in the habit of meeting a gentleman in his office at one o'clock and sleeping with him in his bed at three thirty.
Elaine Benson:I never accused you of sleeping with a gentleman.
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One Really REALLY Funny Part, 25 November 2008
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

I am not sure how I ended up witnessing this movie, most of it wasn't memorable, some drivel about Bob Hope wanting to get a divorce from Jane Wyman while at the same time imparting a conservative family-values mindset on his son (or was it his daughter?) who was betrothed to Jackie Gleason's daughter (or was it his son?). There's some sort of nonsense about a traveling psychedelic swami show coming to town and Hope impersonating the swami to try and lecture his young son on the importance of a proper marriage ... odd movie.

The centerpiece of the film is howlingly funny, however, as Jackie Gleason suckers Bob Hope into playing a game of golf against Mildred the Chimp for a wager. It's a sucker bet too, and Gleason doesn't even have to rig the game: Gladys humiliates Hope with a display of golf prowess that would have made Jack Nicklaus blush. For some reason I found it hyperventilatingly funny, having trouble breathing as Hope & Gleason decked out in polyester golf outfits find themselves upstaged by a monkey. Only in America.

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