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What a Way to Go! (12-May-1964)

Director: J. Lee Thompson

Writers: Betty Comden; Gwen Davis; Adolph Green

Music: Nelson Riddle

Producer: Arthur P. Jacobs

Keywords: Dark Comedy, Dark Comedy

Shirley MacLaine is Louisa Foster, who wants nothing more than true love and a simple life, but the husbands she marries invariably get caught up in their work, earn enormous fortunes, and die untimely deaths. The now-wealthier, neglected widow thinks each time, the next one will be different. Episodic dark comedy which is also light comedy; each episode explores a different film genre. Excellent script and a top-notch cavalcade of of husbands. Received Oscar nominations for Best Set Decoration and Best Costume Design.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Bob Cummings
10-Jun-1908 2-Dec-1990 The Bob Cummings Show
Fifi D'Orsay
16-Apr-1904 2-Dec-1983 French bombshell, not actually French
Margaret Dumont
20-Oct-1882 6-Mar-1965 Foil to the Marx Brothers
Reginald Gardiner
27-Feb-1903 7-Jul-1980 English-American character actor
Gene Kelly
23-Aug-1912 2-Feb-1996 Singin' in the Rain
Shirley MacLaine
24-Apr-1934   Terms of Endearment
Dean Martin
7-Jun-1917 25-Dec-1995 Member of Rat Pack
Robert Mitchum
6-Aug-1917 1-Jul-1997 Cape Fear
Paul Newman
26-Jan-1925 26-Sep-2008 Salad dressing magnate
Dick Van Dyke
13-Dec-1925   The Dick Van Dyke Show


Shirley MacLaine   ...   Louisa
Paul Newman   ...   Larry Flint
Robert Mitchum   ...   Rod Anderson
Dean Martin   ...   Leonard Crawley
Gene Kelly   ...   Jerry Benson
Bob Cummings   ...   Dr. Stephanson
Dick Van Dyke   ...   Edgar Hopper
Reginald Gardiner   ...   Painter
Margaret Dumont   ...   Mrs. Foster
Lou Nova   ...   Trentino
Fifi D'Orsay   ...   Baroness
Maurice Marsac   ...   René
Wally Vernon   ...   Agent
Jane Wald   ...   Polly
Lenny Kent   ...   Hollywood Lawyer


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