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What a Way to Go! (1964)

Approved | | Comedy , Romance | 2 July 1964 (UK)
A four-time widow discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Gwen Davis (story), Betty Comden (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley MacLaine ... Louisa May Foster
Paul Newman ... Larry Flint
Robert Mitchum ... Rod Anderson, Jr.
Dean Martin ... Leonard 'Lennie' Crawley
Gene Kelly ... Pinky Benson
Robert Cummings ... Dr. Victor Stephanson (as Bob Cummings)
Dick Van Dyke ... Edgar Hopper
Reginald Gardiner ... Painter
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Foster
Lou Nova Lou Nova ... Trentino
Fifi D'Orsay ... Baroness
Maurice Marsac ... Rene
Wally Vernon ... Agent
Jane Wald ... Polly
Lenny Kent Lenny Kent ... Hollywood Lawyer
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Storyline

This black comedy opens with Louisa Foster donating a multimillion dollar check to the IRS. The tax department thinks she's crazy and sends her to a psychiatrist. She then discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

What A Cast!... What A Past!... What A Show!...

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 July 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I Love Louisa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,298,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,816,200
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Apjac-Orchard Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Elizabeth Taylor was still attached to the project (then titled "I Love Louisa"), actors sought to play her husbands included Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis--none of whom appeared in the final film. See more »

Goofs

Dick Van Dyke is heavily covered in mud as a result of Dean Martin's car, yet a moment later, it looked like he was lightly covered. See more »

Quotes

Hollywood Lawyer: You get all of the money - all of it. But there's one catch.
[Reading from Pinky's will]
Hollywood Lawyer: "And so, I order to be built, the Pinky Benson Memorial Museum, dedicated to my fans... and within it will be preserved all my dancing shoes dipped in bronze... and a great gold replica of my larynx. A permanent pink light will beam before my statute. And in the 15,000-seat auditorium, my pictures will run 24 hours a day. Everything else I bequeath to my wife, Louisa May Benson."
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Crazy Credits

Opening Fox Fanfare is in the colour PINK. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring Song
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Great movie
7 January 2005 | by ken_wilsoniiSee all my reviews

They don't make them like this anymore, no flashy effects to help the film along.

Great script, great character work by everyone in the film. While the cavalcade of stars in this film is rather impressive that does not always translate into a great film.

This movie manages to make it all work though. Sets are designed to give the viewer more of a live theater type of appeal which helps to keep the storyline as the main focus.

This deserves to be on DVD and definitely would be worth the buy, Yet sadly is not available. If you get a chance to see this on TV or anywhere else, it's worth the watch


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