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A New Leaf (1971)

Henry Graham lives the life of a playboy. When his lawyer tells him one day that his lifestyle has consumed all his funds, he needs an idea to avoid climbing down the social ladder. So he intends to marry a rich woman and - murder her.

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... Henry Graham
... Henrietta Lowell
... Andy McPherson
George Rose ... Harold
... Uncle Harry
... Mrs. Traggert
... Sharon Hart
... Beckett
... Bo
Jess Osuna ... Frank
... Mel
... Mr. von Rensaeller
Mark Gordon ... John
Rose Arrick ... Gloria Cunliffe
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Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees--suicide-- devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She's the answer to his prayers--if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta's lawyer, and Henry's own reluctance to wed. Written by Drew from Baltimore

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Romeo and Juliet, Bob and Bing, Ulysses and Grant, George and Martha, Martha and John, Bob and Carol, Ted and Alice, Bob and Alice, Ted and Carol, Bob and Ted, Carol and Alice, Pat and Dick, Julie and David, Byron and His Sister, Bill and Coo, Liz and Eddie, Liz and Mike, Liz and Dick, Dick and Sybil, Eddie and Debbie, Muck and Meyer, Hollywood and Vine, Anthony and Cleopatra, and now Henry & Henrietta... the love couple of the seventies... and the laugh riot of the year. See more »

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19 July 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Bogata, wolna, samotna  »

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Was the basis for the off-Broadway musical "The Green Heart" in 1997. See more »

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Henry Graham: What will I do?
Harold: What any gentleman of similar breeding and temperament would do in your position, sir.
Henry Graham: Suicide?
Harold: No, sir, I was not going to suggest suicide, I was going to suggest marriage.
Henry Graham: Marriage? You mean to a woman?
Harold: Yes sir, that is what I had in mind. It's the only way to acquire property without labor. There is inheritance, but I think your uncle has already stated his intention to leave everything he owns to Radio Free Europe.
Henry Graham: Oh, I can't, Harold. I couldn't. I mean she'd be there, ...
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Referenced in Columbo: Étude in Black (1972) See more »

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New Coronation March
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Mandel
[Played on violin at wedding ceremony]
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Great fun
22 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

My room mate and I love this film. We're always quoting lines from it.

"There's carbon on the valves!"

"I've achieved a sort of immortality. As a footnote and under G."

"Henrietta, you have your head in the arm hole!"

I respect Ms. May so much I feel a little guilty enjoying the film she disowned. I hope one day she will, if possible, do a "Touch Of Evil" style re-editing of the film, so that we can enjoy it as she originally intended. I guess you could say that this is my hope and my dream, which is to say that my hope and my dream are the same (my dream.)


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