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How to Murder Your Wife (1965)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 January 1965 (USA)
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A dedicated bachelor drunkenly marries a young woman and immediately lives to regret it.

Director:

Richard Quine

Writer:

George Axelrod
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Stanley Ford
Virna Lisi ... Mrs. Ford
Terry-Thomas ... Charles
Eddie Mayehoff Eddie Mayehoff ... Harold Lampson
Claire Trevor ... Edna
Sidney Blackmer ... Judge Blackstone
Max Showalter ... Tobey Rawlins
Jack Albertson ... Dr. Bentley
Mary Wickes ... Harold's Secretary
Alan Hewitt ... District Attorney
Barry Kelley ... Club Member in Steam Room
William Bryant ... Construction Worker (as Bill Bryant)
Charles Bateman ... Club Member in Steam Room
Edward Faulkner ... Club Member in Steam Room / Party Guest
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Men's Club Manager
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Stanley Ford leads an idyllic bachelor life. He is a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose Bash Brannigan series provides him with a luxury townhouse and a full-time valet, Charles. When he wakes up the morning after the night before - he had attended a friend's stag party - he finds that he is married to the very beautiful woman who popped out of the cake - and who doesn't speak a word of English. Despite his initial protestations, he comes to like married life and even changes his cartoon character from a super spy to a somewhat harried husband. When after several months he decides to kill off Bash's wife in the cartoon, his wife misinterprets his intentions and disappears. Which leads the police to charge him with murder. Written by garykmcd

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WOMEN: WARNING! See It Before He Does! The Wife You Save May Be YOU! See more »

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Trivia

Final film of Leonard Mudie. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes, the same woman in a red skirt and black top can be seen walking past Stanley's house (left to right) twice - firstly when Charles is collecting the newspaper and then when Charles and Stanley are leaving in the car. See more »

Quotes

Harold Lampson: I am speaking to you now not as your lawyer but as your friend. Stan, you are a grown man and grown men simply can't, repeat cannot, go around spreading terror on the New York streets at the height of the noon hour accompanied -will you stop just a minute, Stan?- by naked women.
Stanley Ford: She wasn't naked. She had a diamond in her navel.
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Crazy Credits

At first, it only says How to Your Wife on the screen, in white letters. Then, the word Murder shows up in red letters in the space between the two rows of text. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Defilers (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Great movie but was that a mistake?
2 August 2007 | by dwlongfellowSee all my reviews

I really love this movie and have little to add to the positive comments posted already.

One question though...

As the cartoonist, Jack Lemmon would always act out the scene first with his butler taking pictures Jack would use to draw the comic strip. He did this for the Bash Brannigan diamond caper at the beginning of the movie.

Then, when Jack decided Bash Brannigan should kill off his wife, Jack walked around the city to get the supplies he (Jack) would need to act it out; a mannequin (because he wasn't going to dump his real wife's body in cement), the pills, and a remote control.

Later, in the comic strip, Brash walks around the city and buys a mannequin, pills and a remote control.

So, wasn't it a mistake in logic to show Bash Brannigan in the comic strip saying he would need a mannequin? Bash was not acting it out. He was killing Mrs. Brannigan. Right?


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Release Date:

26 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cómo asesinar a su esposa See more »

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Gross USA:

$12,467,420
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Murder Inc. See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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