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A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 25 May 1967 (USA)
A man gives his co-worker a series of lessons on how to cheat on one's wife without being caught.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Manning
... Ruth Manning
... Mrs. Irma Johnson
... Miss Harris
... Edward L. 'Ed' Stander
... Mousey Man's Wife
... Harriet Stander
... Joe X's Blowsy Blonde
Marvin Brody ... Taxi Driver
... Mrs. Fred V.
Marian Mason ... Mrs. Rance G.
... Rance G.'s Hanger On
... Miss Stardust
... Harry 'Big Fella' Johnson
... Party Guest
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Ed convinces his best friend Paul that he should fool around with other women in order to preserve his happy marriage. Ed illustrates his point with a series of vignettes acted out by a lot of famous celebrities. The joke of it all is that Paul is married to lovely Ruth. Written by alfiehitchie

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Fourteen Famous Swingers give you the do's and don't's for the man with the roving eye and the urge to stray! See more »

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25 May 1967 (USA)  »

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Guía para el hombre casado  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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The voice of Director Gene Kelly can be heard coming from a television set. See more »

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Paul Manning: [to wife] Well if you think I'm going to stick about here just watching you be cheerful you've got another think coming!
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Featured in Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) See more »

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A Guide For The Married Man
Performed by The Turtles
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Music by John Williams
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Good frothy fun...a perfect 60s time capsule sex comedy.
5 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Walter Matthau has great fun in his role of a husband experiencing the "seven-year itch" who tries to learn the ropes of philandering by a co-worker buddy and expert adulterer (Robert Morse). Aided and abetted by a host of guest stars in flashback who offer the "do's" and "don't's" of extramarital affairs, our novice soon learns that cheating is a serious and very technical business. One misstep or a brief lapse of judgment...and it can be curtains for Casanova.

Matthau manages to keep the potentially smarmy material light and engaging while Morse is wickedly humorous as the no-nonsense "big brother." Of the numerous cautionary "lessons" offered by the guest stars, Joey Bishop, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Terry-Thomas and Jayne Mansfield manage to grab the biggest yuks in their brief scenes.

The irony of it all is that the late Inger Stevens, who plays Matthau's wife, is a spectacularly beautiful dish who, in my mind, has it all over the bump-and-grind shennanigans of Sue Ane Langdon and/or tawdry allure of Elaine Devry. Why Matthau's character would even consider cheating on the best looking femme in the picture is beyond me.

Nevertheless, relax and enjoy these comedy pros at work, guided by the assured hand of dancer-turned-director Gene Kelly.


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