Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her.

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Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees--suicide-- devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She's the answer to his prayers--if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta's lawyer, and Henry's own reluctance to wed. Written by Drew from Baltimore

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Romeo and Juliet, Bob and Bing, Ulysses and Grant, George and Martha, Martha and John, Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice, Bob and Alice, Ted and Carol, Bob and Ted, Carol and Alice, Pat and Dick, Julie and David, Byron and His Sister, Bill and Coo, Liz and Eddie, Liz and Mike, Liz and Dick, Dick and Sybil, Eddie and Debbie, Muck and Meyer, Hollywood and Vine, Anthony and Cleopatra, and now Henry & Henrietta... the love couple of the seventies... and the laugh riot of the year.

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Henry Graham drives two Ferraris in this movie. The decal on the rear of the car goes from medium-sized, left of license plate to large, right of plate. The car may have been defaced in his "Good-byes" drive. See more »

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Henrietta Lowell: Did you hurt yourself?
Henry Lowell: No, kneeling on glass is my favorite pastime. It keeps me from slouching.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.26 (2013) See more »

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Theme
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By Neal Hefti
[From Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad (1967). During honeymoon ride in golf carts]
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A virtually unheard of gem of a movie

I adore this film! Every time I see it, it just gets better and better. Mind you, the first time I saw it, I thought "Hmmm... ain't so sure 'bout this one". I don't recall the reason behind watching it again after my initial luke warm reaction; I'm only glad I did.

"A New Leaf" concerns the exploits of spoilt New York "gentleman", Henry Graham (the truly wonderful Walter Matthau) and his attempts to find a rich wife who can replenish the fortune that he's frittered away. The charmingly naive and unsuspecting Henrietta (the multi-talented Elaine May) is his chosen victim and his intent is to marry her, murder her and spend her considerable fortune at his leisure. However, he doesn't reckon with her con-merchant lawyer and his entorage of assorted leeches and soon finds himself taking charge of the badly organised household that's happily ripping off poor, trusting Henrietta left, right and centre.

It's largely the performance of Walter Matthau that makes this film such a joy to watch. Although his character never really seems to lose his arrogance or selfishness, you can't help warming to him and delighting in the way Henrietta manages to change his intentions without ever seeming to know it. It's also worth watching for the wonderfully understated performance of George Rose as Harold, Henry's "gentleman's gentleman"; always aware of what his employer is up to but discreet enough to do no more than pass the most innocuous of comments in his lilting Scottish accent.

Don't pay too much heed to what the detractors have said about this movie. Take a look for yourself and you might find that its innate charm completely wins you over.


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