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How to Commit Marriage (1969)

Young couple decide to live together and they wind up having a baby. They decide they should give the baby up for adoption. The baby's Mother's parents wind up adopting the baby using a fake name.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Frank Benson
Jackie Gleason ... Oliver Poe
Jane Wyman ... Elaine Benson
Leslie Nielsen ... Phil Fletcher
Maureen Arthur ... Lois Grey
Tina Louise ... Laverne Baker
Tim Matheson ... David Poe (as Tim Matthieson)
Paul Stewart ... Willoughby
Irwin Corey ... The Baba Ziba (as Professor Irwin Corey)
JoAnna Cameron ... Nancy Benson
The Comfortable Chair The Comfortable Chair ... Musical Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Burns David Burns
Glenn Corbett ... Detective Sgt. Charlie Bancroft (archive footage)
Victoria Shaw ... Christine Downs (archive footage)
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Storyline

When a young couple is about to marry, the bride's parents decide to divorce. Losing faith in marriage, the young couple live together instead. After the birth of a child, they put it up for adoption. The bride's parents reconcile so that they can secretly adopt their grandchild. Written by laird-3

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Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason request the honor of your presence at a swinging session on How to Commit Marriage. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Avioliittokaruselli See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Naho Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of the California progressive psychedelic hippie band The Comfortable Chair, recording artists on CBS-Ode Records, whose six band members appear as themselves in the movie. They were discovered and produced by John Densmore and Robby Krieger of The Doors. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the golf sequence an out of place mechanical drinking fountain appears next to the green to serve as a ricochet barrier during Mildred's match-winning putt, never to be seen again. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Poe: [spots the recently divorced Benson's with their respective dates, at his standing room only nightclub, dressed like hippies] Well, look who just came in... split-city. I think I'll go over and deflate some egos.
Laverne Baker: Now, Oliver, don't cause any trouble.
Oliver Poe: [with glee] Me? Trouble? Preposterous!
Oliver Poe: [walks over to Benson's table] Who are you supposed to be, Sabu's mother?
Frank Benson: Look Flabberino, why don't you leave and make room for like six more tables?
Oliver Poe: Sold any mud, lately? Well, well, well. One big happy family....
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Written by Johnny Mercer
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Some Funny One Liners but overall Dullsville!
5 February 2004 | by HoohawnaynaySee all my reviews

Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason do spew a few really funny one liners, but the movie has the look and feel of a TV sitcom. Jane Wyman wears the same hairstyle here that she has had since the early 50's and I think she is still wearing it the same way! This movie is harmless fluff, but it is fun to watch Bob & Jackie insult each other. Many famous faces in this movie, Tina Louise, Tim Matheson, Joanna Cameron who later went on to the Saturday morning kids show "Shazaam & Isis". Maureen Arthur is quite funny as a big breasted client of Bob. After Jane gives her the once over staring at her cleavage, Maureen gets off the barb, "Well, it's nothing you couldn't buy"! Many fat jokes at Jackie's expense. Too bad the whole movie couldn't have been as funny as some of the jokes. Still, not as hard to watch as all the garbage they pass off as entertainment today! (Friends, Survivor, etc)


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