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How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 January 1965 (USA)
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A dedicated bachelor drunkenly marries a young woman and immediately lives to regret it.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writer:

George Axelrod
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Stanley Ford
Virna Lisi ... Mrs. Ford
Terry-Thomas ... Charles
Eddie Mayehoff Eddie Mayehoff ... Harold Lampson
Claire Trevor ... Edna
Sidney Blackmer ... Judge Blackstone
Max Showalter ... Tobey Rawlins
Jack Albertson ... Dr. Bentley
Mary Wickes ... Harold's Secretary
Alan Hewitt ... District Attorney
Barry Kelley ... Club Member in Steam Room
William Bryant ... Construction Worker (as Bill Bryant)
Charles Bateman ... Club Member in Steam Room
Edward Faulkner ... Club Member in Steam Room / Party Guest
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Men's Club Manager
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Storyline

Stanley Ford leads an idyllic bachelor life. He is a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose Bash Brannigan series provides him with a luxury townhouse and a full-time valet, Charles. When he wakes up the morning after the night before - he had attended a friend's stag party - he finds that he is married to the very beautiful woman who popped out of the cake - and who doesn't speak a word of English. Despite his initial protestations, he comes to like married life and even changes his cartoon character from a super spy to a somewhat harried husband. When after several months he decides to kill off Bash's wife in the cartoon, his wife misinterprets his intentions and disappears. Which leads the police to charge him with murder. Written by garykmcd

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cómo asesinar a su esposa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Murder Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The comic strip art in the film was done by Mel Keefer, the artist on Perry Mason, Mac Divot and Rick O'Shay comic strips. In addition, Alex Toth drew a comic strip of the characters as part of a teaser campaign to promote the film. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits whilst Charles is giving some background info, he puts on his waistcoat, does up the top and bottom buttons only and immediately walks into the on-suite bathroom, and magically, the entire waistcoat is buttoned up. See more »

Quotes

Harold Lampson: Stan, Stan, uh, I wanna' remind you, lad, that you're now 37 years old. And quite frankly, it's time that you settled down. Now, Edna and I were discussing it last night, and Edna feels - and frankly I agree with her - that there is something almost immoral about a man of your age who isn't married. Doesn't go to an office, sits around drawing an infantile comic strip, that appeals only to morons, Stanley... Stanley? Stanley? Are you listening?
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Crazy Credits

At first, it only says How to Your Wife on the screen, in white letters. Then, the word Murder shows up in red letters in the space between the two rows of text. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Dream of Jeannie: The Moving Finger (1965) See more »

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Bridal Chorus
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from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Watch for the sets, scenes, and not the social commentary
7 November 2005 | by campbaboSee all my reviews

Many will gripe about the sexist views, but watch this flick for the lifestyle that is portrayed. Stanley Ford (Lemmon) works out at his men-only club...in full grey sweats (the scenes in the "gymnasium" are priceless)...then he drives home in his 1965 Lincoln convertible (top down, of course) and parks in his exclusive, street level garage, and enters his wild multi'level bachelor pad...furnished, and decorated to the max. Get over the social stigma, and enjoy the ride, by the way, many of the "wifes" are depicted as much sharper than their dog-like husbands. You have to watch the artwork in Stanley's apartment, the depiction of the "Club", the jogging track, the action at the parties, the booze, the dress....amazing


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