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How to Commit Marriage (1969)

Young couple decide to live together and they wind up having a baby. They decide they should give the baby up for adoption. The baby's Mother's parents wind up adopting the baby using a fake name.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Frank Benson
Jackie Gleason ... Oliver Poe
Jane Wyman ... Elaine Benson
Leslie Nielsen ... Phil Fletcher
Maureen Arthur ... Lois Grey
Tina Louise ... Laverne Baker
Tim Matheson ... David Poe (as Tim Matthieson)
Paul Stewart ... Willoughby
Irwin Corey ... The Baba Ziba (as Professor Irwin Corey)
JoAnna Cameron ... Nancy Benson
The Comfortable Chair The Comfortable Chair ... Musical Group
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Burns
Glenn Corbett ... Detective Sgt. Charlie Bancroft (archive footage)
Victoria Shaw ... Christine Downs (archive footage)
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When a young couple is about to marry, the bride's parents decide to divorce. Losing faith in marriage, the young couple live together instead. After the birth of a child, they put it up for adoption. The bride's parents reconcile so that they can secretly adopt their grandchild. Written by laird-3

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Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason request the honor of your presence at a swinging session on How to Commit Marriage. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Avioliittokaruselli See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Naho Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Jane Wyman. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the golf sequence an out of place mechanical drinking fountain appears next to the green to serve as a ricochet barrier during Mildred's match-winning putt, never to be seen again. See more »

Quotes

David Poe: Oliver, Nancy and I are going to get married.
Nancy Benson: We love each other, Mr. Poe.
Oliver Poe: That's Victorian bourgeois. I'll prove it you.
[calls mistress on speaker phone]
Oliver Poe: Laverne, are we sleeping together?
Laverne Baker: Yes, Oliver.
Oliver Poe: Do we love each other? Are we married?
Laverne Baker: Yes, dear. No, dear.
Oliver Poe: [disconnects speaker phone] Case closed.
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Featured in Bob Hope's World of Comedy (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

A Child's Garden
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Written by Barbara A. Baczek, Tad Baczek, Gary Davis, Warner Davis, Eugene A. Garfin, Gregory B. LeRoy and Bernie Schwartz
Performed by The Comfortable Chair
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While initially funny, How to Commit Marriage eventually becomes lame
10 September 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Well, one of my curiosities was settled when I watched this movie starring for the only time Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, and Jane Wyman together. This one turned out to be Ms. Wyman's last theatrical feature and Hope's penultimate one as leading man. Hope has some pretty funny lines in the beginning and has some good rapport with Ms. Wyman up to the scene when they both dress in the '60s fashion style at a club their daughter (JoAnna Cameron) performs in with her partner Tim Matheson who's the son of Gleason here. Gleason himself also seems pretty funny when performing with Hope in trading insults but after a while, the plot goes in nonsense places like having a monkey play golf with Hope that really gets lame. And don't get me started with Professor Irwin Corey as an Indian-style wise man who Hope later imitates. I did like Hope when he faked a stereotypical Scottish man in another plot point though I don't feel like wasting time recounting that one here. There's also a mixture of film styles like the undercranking of some scenes and the split screen usually presented in these '60s movies that didn't work comically. Still, it was interesting enough for me to see other players like Tina Louise, formerly of "Gilligan's Island", and Matheson-years from his iconic teaming with John Belushi in Animal House, not to mention Leslie Nielson way before his legendary teaming with Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker for Airplane! and the "Police Squad" TV shows/Naked Gun movies. So on that note, How to Commit Marriage is worth a look for those curious of all of the above.


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