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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 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 »

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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

Shirley MacLaine is quoted as saying she was happy to work with Edith Head, with a $500,000.00 budget, 72 hairstyles to match the gowns, and $3.5-million gen collection, on-loan from Harry Winston. The value of the gems alone (adjusted for inflation) would be $23.5 million (in 2016). See more »

Goofs

When Paul Newman (Larry) is demonstrating his "Sonic Palette", he creates a rudimentary painting, though still largely devoid of paint. Just seconds later, as he and Shirley MacLaine kiss and the machine resumes painting from the captured noises, the painting is almost full, as though it had been active for very much longer, as estimated from the earlier brush stroke activity. See more »

Quotes

Louisa May Foster: Darling, must you make so much noise when you paint?
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Spoofs Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

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Spring Song
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All she wants is love, all she gets is money!
2 August 2002 | by Lumiere-5See all my reviews

This is a great film. Some have said it epitomizes the 1960s glamour comedies but what it cleverly does is parody them, and other film genres, through its movie dream sequences and the ridiculous and gorgeous costumes Shirley wears. It has a great cast and everyone is in top tongue in cheek form. Dick Van Dyke plays his usual neo-Marx brothers physical comedy schtick (with Margaret DuMont, no less!) at the height of his powers. Paul Newman is great playing against type as a tortured artist, a perfect sendup of Kirk Douglas' portrayal of Van Gough in *Lust for Life* (he even wears the same beard). Mitchum is suave and cool as a kind of Cash McCall gone wrong, but far more slick then Jim Garner ever was. To top it off, Gene Kelley does an incredible spot on parody of himself in the Holywood story, with iconic images taken straight from his greatest triumph *Singing in the Rain,* turned on their head and twisted into a grotesque commentary on the evils of Hollywood as opposed to its dreams and glamour. The scene where he is trampled to death by his fans holds up a hilarious mirror to the similar scene in *Singing in the Rain* where he has his clothes torn off by them. This film elevated parody to a high art form before anybody had even heard the term "post modernism!" And those gowns she wears! The best one is the one which is just a string of pearls down Shirley's sexy back (she faces away from the camera for the shole scene because she is obviously topless). They must have cost a fortune! this is obviously a film with a very Lush Bugett!


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