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12 June 1970 (Finland) See more »
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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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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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Starring Bob "How D'Ya Like My Nehru Jacket?" Hope & Jackie "To the moon in the 7th house, Alice!" Gleason 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)

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

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Bill Lawrence .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley 
 
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Charles Lang 
 
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Ronald Sinclair 
 
Art Direction by
Edward D. Engoron 
 
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John Lamphear 
 
Costume Design by
Nolan Miller 
 
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Mike Moschella .... makeup artist
Fred Williams .... makeup artist
 
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Austen Jewell .... production manager
 
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Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Mickey Moore)
 
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James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
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Justus Gibbs .... special effects
 
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Igo Kantor .... editorial supervisor
 
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Joseph J. Lilley .... musical director
 
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Jack Baker .... choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
 

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95 min
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Finland:S | USA:PG | USA:M (original rating)

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Last theatrical movie appearance of Jane Wyman.See more »
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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 »
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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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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Starring Bob "How D'Ya Like My Nehru Jacket?" Hope & Jackie "To the moon in the 7th house, Alice!" Gleason, 6 November 2005
Author: ajm-8 from United States

In the intended generation gap comedy, Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason play bickering not-quite-in-laws. I say "not-quite" because Gleason's son and Hope's daughter are cohabiting without benefit of matrimony.

Living in sin.

Shacking up, don't you know.

The kids have a baby out of wedlock and put it up for adoption so they can concentrate on performing in their Top Ten psychedelic rock group, The Comfortable Chair (Cue Cardinal Fang: "The COMFY CHAIR!?!") Hope and estranged wife Jane Wyman (whose real-life ex-husband was governor of California when this film was made) adopt the tot using fake identities and, after a round of 3 a.m. feedings, grudgingly reconcile.

Jackie discovers that Hope & Wyman have the grandchild, revealing the info during a golf match between Hope and a chimp. (You're ahead of me. Bob loses.) But Ol' Ski Nose solves everything by impersonating the youngsters' guru, a Maharishi-like religious leader, at a huge concert. In disguise, Bob tells the kids to forget nirvana and perfect happiness and get married instead. By the time everyone figures out who's who, the rock stars have their baby AND wedding rings, Bob and Jane are back together and the new house Bob just sold Jackie gets destroyed in a mudslide.

Even for a wacky 1960s comedy, the events in this movie defy logic: What adoption agency would instantly hand over a newborn to a decidedly over-the-hill couple? Wouldn't Hope and Wyman face prison sentences for using phony names to get the baby? And how could Jackie Gleason attract Tina "I Trained at the Actors Studio, But They're Going to Put 'She was Ginger on Gilligan's Island' On My Tombstone" Louise?

Hope's probably the LAST guy in Hollywood to have been defending monogamy, given his notorious unfaithfulness to wife Dolores over a seven-decade marriage, and it's doubly offensive that he spoofed an Eastern religious figure to do so. Imagine the justifiable outcry had he impersonated a priest or a rabbi.

Gleason's in decent form but is given little to do. HOW TO COMMIT MARRIAGE isn't as utterly bizarre as another Gleason '60s vehicle, SKIDOO (1968), but simply one of Hope's worst starring films -- a pity, because for around 25 years Hope WAS a legitimately great movie comedian. At least it's interesting to see Leslie Nielsen play the straight man in this film, and the young lovers are JoAnna Cameron (who set the hearts of seven-year-old boys aflutter as ISIS in the 1970s) and Tim Matheson (who, FIFTEEN years after this movie, would still be playing a collegian in UP THE CREEK).

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