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How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life (1968)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 29 January 1968 (Sweden)
When a carefree bachelor tries to get his best friend to drop his mistress and return to his wife, he finds himself with romantic problems as well.


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Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... David Sloane
Stella Stevens ... Carol Corman
Eli Wallach ... Harry Hunter
Anne Jackson ... Muriel Laszlo
Betty Field ... Thelma
Jack Albertson ... Mr. Slotkin
Katharine Bard Katharine Bard ... Mary Hunter
Woodrow Parfrey ... Eddie Rankin
Alan Oppenheimer ... Everett Bauer
Shelley Morrison ... Marcia Borie
George Furth ... Roger
Monroe Arnold Monroe Arnold ... Wally Hammond
Claude Stroud ... Hall Satler


Battle of the sexes comedy about a free-wheeling bachelor who decides to save his friend's marriage by proving that all mistresses are incapable of fidelity. The plot gets complicated when the bachelor offers to set up the wrong girl in a lavish love-nest and she accepts, thinking it to be a marriage proposal. Written by alfiehitchie

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After you've had your wedding cake - do you need a little cookie, too?! See more »


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Release Date:

29 January 1968 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Band of Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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2.35 : 1
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In the very beginning of the movie Carol is retrieving items from her locker, after being told by Mr. Bauer that spurning his advances has just cut off any opportunity for advancement. While her girlfriend tries to calm her down, Stella Stevens has her back to the camera, and when she turns around she glances directly into the camera, and then shifts her gaze over to where Mr. Bauer exited the scene. There are a few instances where it seems that she looks up into the camera, but at least one of those is just slightly to the right of it, while this instance is directly into the lens. See more »


Marcia Borie: You know, every day hundreds of you out-of-town Cinderellas come pouring into New York expecting to meet Prince Charming at the corner bus stop. Do you know who you run into at that bus stop? Twelve other Cinderellas with the same idea.
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Running Interference
3 April 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dean Martin steps nicely into a role that Rock Hudson would have been cast in with How To Save A Marriage. Others here think that Stella Stevens is standing in for Doris Day. But for myself Stella's part is way to kookie for something Doris would have done. If Doris was offered the part she wisely refused. Stella's role opposite Dean is similar to what Paula Prentiss did opposite Rock in Man's Favorite Sport.

The title does say it all. Dino is a pal of philandering Eli Wallach who is married to Katherine Card and who Card confides in about her suspicions that Wallach is straying. So Dino resolves to do interference between Wallach and the other woman.

The problem is that Dino misses his target and starts putting the moves on Stella Stevens who works in Wallach's department store. Eli is really seeing his real life wife Anne Jackson. When it all falls apart Stella makes a united stand with Anne and their landlady Betty Field against the predatory male. Stella puts poor Dino through quite a ringer before she's found out.

In a very broad part that calls for overacting Eli Wallach steps nicely into the Tony Randall/Gig Young part. He easily steals the film from the two stars.

How To Save A Marriage is the last and one of the lesser modern dress comedies that Dean Martin did after splitting from Jerry Lewis. From then on his film career would be mostly westerns and Matt Helm films. You want to see Martin showcased best in screen comedy look at All In A Night's Work or Who's Got The Action.

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