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How to Murder Your Wife (26-Jan-1965)

Director: Richard Quine

Writer: George Axelrod

Music: Neal Hefti

Producer: George Axelrod

Keywords: Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jack Albertson
16-Jun-1907 25-Nov-1981 The Man on Chico and the Man
Sidney Blackmer
13-Jul-1895 5-Oct-1973 Played Theodore Roosevelt 12 times
Khigh Dhiegh
1910 25-Oct-1991 Wo Fat on Hawaii 5-O
Jack Lemmon
8-Feb-1925 27-Jun-2001 The Odd Couple
Virna Lisi
8-Sep-1937 18-Dec-2014 La Reine Margot
Max Showalter
2-Jun-1917 30-Jul-2000 Niagara
14-Jul-1911 8-Jan-1990 Private's Progress
Claire Trevor
8-Mar-1910 8-Apr-2000 Key Largo
Mary Wickes
13-Jun-1910 22-Oct-1995 Sister Act


Jack Lemmon   ...   Stanley Ford
Virna Lisi   ...   Mrs. Ford
Eddie Mayehoff   ...   Harold Lampson
Claire Trevor   ...   Edna
Terry-Thomas   ...   Charles
Sidney Blackmer   ...   Judge Blackstone
Jack Albertson   ...   Dr. Bentley
Max Showalter   ...   Tobey Rawlins
Alan Hewitt   ...   District Attorney
Mary Wickes   ...   Harold's Secretary
Barry Kelley   ...   Club Member
William Bryant   ...   Construction Worker
Charles Bateman   ...   Club Member
Edward Faulkner   ...   Club Member
Lauren Gilbert   ...   Club Manager
Howard Wendell   ...   Trial Judge
Khigh Dhiegh   ...   Bald Actor in White Coat
K. C. Townsend   ...   Party Girl


Review by Brian Utley (posted on 15-Dec-2007)

This movie has all the sit com glitz of the sixties. Lemon was at his dapper best; Mayhoff was a mannered fool and a treasure; Terry Thomas made his best movie here (and was the farcical soul of the movie); Lisi was at her sexiest. The premise is preposterous, of course; the court scene had to be from a parallel time line it was so silly---but none of this matters. The entire farce is a parable that explores one aspect the up and down fortunes of the relationship of the sexes. Here we have the absurd relationship that characterized the sixties. But this movie was on the leading edge of the time of change (equal rights, feminism, bra burning, and so forth) and probably had considerable influence encouraging it. Lemon was immensely popular at this stage of his career; his satires are many and effective. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie when I first saw it in the sixties. And I enjoyed it again this evening (over 40 years later) when I watched it on DVD. These players are like old friends---albeit idiot friends. Since when do parables have to be about truth? Although there is probably more truth here than the politically correct critics among us are willing to admit.

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