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Michael Kanin (writer)
Ben Starr (writer)
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Release Date:
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.
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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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 Nelson .... 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 (Technicolor)
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Certification:
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 »
Quotes:
Oliver Poe:[sees that Baba Ziba offers his employee the star suite] I don't understand, you're giving a menial the star dressing room?
The Baba Ziba:It is written that when the most humble enjoy the fruit then the wealthy become richer giving energy to those with all the benevolence upo,n and therefore to substantiate gives them the up-liberty for we, and the development of those that the umbilical upon those who we, and therefore many times over.
Oliver Poe:Superior wisdom... from a superior mind.
[rolls his eyes in disbelief]
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
How to Committ Marriage, 7 June 1999
Author: Tim Cox from Marietta, OH

Comic giants Hope and Gleason try to breathe life into this comedy about a couple (Hope and Wyman) who plan on getting a divorce, but then change plans when they learn that their daughter is getting married. Gleason plays the father in law to be; an obnoxious rock and roll producer. There are some funny one liners but altogether the poor script drags them and the rest of the cast down. Tim Matheson co-stars.

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