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What a Way to Go! (1964)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 26 June 1964 (Canada)
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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:

26 June 1964 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

I Love Louisa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a reference to Shirley MacLaine's Irma la Douce (1963) in the scene where Louisa arrives in Paris. On the bus, she passes "Maxim's", which is featured prominently in the beginning montage of "Irma la Douce". See more »

Goofs

When Louisa joins Rod Anderson on the flight deck of the airplane, it obviously is not one of a 707, as the exterior shots establish. There is no flight engineer position, and the control yokes appear to be from a Douglas airplane. In addition, there are a number of instruments behind the pilot's position. See more »

Quotes

Rod Anderson, Jr.: Nobody triples the business of Anderson Enterprises but Rod Anderson. Someone has been giving orders... somewhere. Somebody in my organization. Why, that's absolute treachery. Somebody's been giving orders behind my back. Imagine that! If I wanna lose a fortune, I'll lose a fortune. If I wanna triple it, I'll triple it - no one else. I'm gonna get to every one of my offices all over the world, and I'm gonna find out who's been running things behind my back. Triple it? How could he possibly ...
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is shaded pink, Pinky Benson's favourite color. See more »

Connections

Spoofs That Touch of Mink (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I Think that You and I Should Get Acquainted
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Music by Jule Styne
Performed by Gene Kelly
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Funny Movie!
30 May 2006 | by aragon-1See all my reviews

I recently bought this movie, it's so funny. I don't think it could be remade decently because the stars in it were big enough to poke fun at themselves and their business. I can't imagine a modern "star" being able to laugh at himself. I first saw it when it came out and I loved it on the big screen and I still love it. I had a younger friend over and she loved it. I bought it from a "cheap movie" bin at my grocer's. The costumes are marvelous, the "movie" song/dance parts are so much fun. I would still like to know what Paul Newman was saying in French so I'm still looking for someone who can speak the language and interpret for me. (It sounded dirty, LOL.) When I first saw this movie, the ending was a surprise twist; the movie's a combination of over-the-top funny, satiric and just plain charming. Some of our biggest stars having fun. It's worth seeing.


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