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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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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 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 (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 »
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:Oh, I believe you know, Lois.
Elaine Benson:[stares at Lois' huge breasts] If I didn't, I certainly do know.
Lois Grey:Well, it's nothing you couldn't buy.
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Generation Gap Garbage, 24 June 2009
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Wise-cracking Bob Hope (as Frank Benson) tries to fondle Jane Wyman (as Elaine) in bed, but finds himself groping her poodle, instead. The two have an unhappy marriage, with Ms. Wyman finding golf balls in her shoes and Mr. Hope finds bras on his towel rack. He also steps on hair curlers, and she finds cigarette butts in her cups. After spraying Hope's shaving cream on her wig, Wyman asks for a divorce. Hope takes up with busty Maureen Arthur (as Lois Grey), while Wyman goes for younger Leslie Nielson (as Phil Fletcher).

Meanwhile, their daughter, pretty JoAnna Cameron (as Nancy) announces she is marrying handsome Tim Matheson (as David). His father is boozy psychedelic pop group promoter Jackie Gleason (as Oliver Poe), who dates bathtub model Tina Louise (as Laverne Baker). When the youngsters learn about the oldsters divorce plans, they decide to "shack up", instead of marrying. Later, Hope and Wyman decide to adopt their bastard grandbaby. What a drag, man. "The Comfortable Chair" music and "Mildred the Chimp" earn stars.

** How to Commit Marriage (7/7/69) Norman Panama ~ Bob Hope, Jane Wyman, Jackie Gleason

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