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Writers:
Michael Kanin (writer)
Ben Starr (writer)
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Release Date:
12 June 1970 (Finland) See more »
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Tagline:
Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason request the honor of your presence at a swinging session on How to Commit Marriage.
Plot:
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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Some Funny One Liners but overall Dullsville! See more (12 total) »

Cast

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Last theatrical movie appearance of Jane Wyman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During a golf scene Hope is first holding a golf club immediately after getting out of his cart, then is empty handed and removes a club from his bag before getting advice from Mildred to use a different iron.See more »
Quotes:
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.
[shouts]
Oliver Poe:That was twenty years ago and they're still digging to find the backyard.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Features The Crimson Kimono (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Child's GardenSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Some Funny One Liners but overall Dullsville!, 5 February 2004
Author: Hoohawnaynay (DA90027@aol.com) from United States

Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason do spew a few really funny one liners, but the movie has the look and feel of a TV sitcom. Jane Wyman wears the same hairstyle here that she has had since the early 50's and I think she is still wearing it the same way! This movie is harmless fluff, but it is fun to watch Bob & Jackie insult each other. Many famous faces in this movie, Tina Louise, Tim Matheson, Joanna Cameron who later went on to the Saturday morning kids show "Shazaam & Isis". Maureen Arthur is quite funny as a big breasted client of Bob. After Jane gives her the once over staring at her cleavage, Maureen gets off the barb, "Well, it's nothing you couldn't buy"! Many fat jokes at Jackie's expense. Too bad the whole movie couldn't have been as funny as some of the jokes. Still, not as hard to watch as all the garbage they pass off as entertainment today! (Friends, Survivor, etc)

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