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A Guide for the Married Man

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  • Actors: Walter Matthau, Inger Stevens, Sue Ane Langdon, Jackie Russell, Robert Morse
  • Directors: Gene Kelly
  • Writers: Frank Tarloff
  • Producers: Frank McCarthy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,501 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Guide for the Married Man" on IMDb

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  • Includes widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions

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Director Gene Kelly demonstrates wonderful style and sophistication in this adult farce that stars Walter Matthau and Robert Morse as two husbands with one thing on their minds. Matthau is Paul Manning, a happily married "typical suburban male." Wanting other women but having no idea how to go about it, he turns to his friend, Ed (Morse), for a few tips on infidelity. And Ed willingly dishes up some of the funniest advice and anecdotes ever seen-brought to life by a top cast that includes Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Joey Bishop, Sid Caesar, Art Carney, Phil Silvers and Jayne Mansfield. Despite its delicate subject matter, this wild, wicked comedy is executed with such charm and affection that it won strong critical praise and was one of the top moneymakers of its year.


Directed with a lascivious eye by Gene Kelly, A Guide for the Married Man has the illicit kick of finding a vintage copy of Playboy in your dad's sock drawer. With its zoom shots of ample cleavage and jiggling bottoms, this sophisticated sex farce is Naughty with a capital N. Walter Matthau stars as a desperate husband with a roving eye who is "ready to take the plunge." Robert Morse costars as his philandering best friend who becomes his "coach." Morse's "pointers" are acted out by a stellar cast of comic actors. Scoring highest are Carl Reiner as a vainglorious movie star arranging a cross-global tryst; Joey Bishop as a husband who steadfastly denies, denies, denies even after he is caught in the act by his wife, and Terry Thomas as a man driven to an early grave after his paramour (Jayne Mansfield) loses her bra in his home. The film's bevy of beauties includes ravishing Inger Stevens as Matthau's unsuspecting wife and Sue Ann Langdon as the neighborhood tease. Just to make the film even more '60s, The Turtles perform the title song. A Guide for the Married Man is so wrong, so dated, and so sexist. It's a wonder it hasn't been remade! --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews

All I learned in this film was deny, deny, deny!
Gene Kelly directed this madcap brilliant comedy and Walter Matthau gives his second best performance next to his portrayal of Oscar in the Odd Couple.
M. Hencke
Despite the serious subject, the movie is very light-hearted and fun.

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By John R. Bridell on September 25, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN is a flic that shows Walter Matthau at his low key best. And what a movie treat to have Robert Morse, who is always at his best, playing the role of Matthau's mentor. This movie was a WOW! The plot is ingenious, not only about cheating in marriage, but about lessons from a professional cheater, creating very sophisticated skits from a stable of comedy stars including Art Carney, Wally Cox [Remember Mister Peepers?], Joey Bishop, Sid Caesar,Jack Benny, Carl Reiner, Phil Silvers, that Magnificent Man in the Bedroom of Errant Brassiers--Terry-Thomas, and Lucille Ball. Was there a "best scene?" No! No! The scenes were all-- ALL OF THEM -- Terrific! I'll bet that Terry-Thomas was still looking for that brassier until the day he died. Pay whatever the price for this movie.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Minor on November 14, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I don't care if it IS sexist and dated (and, okay... it is), I'm giving 1967's "A Guide for the Married Man" a politically incorrect 5 stars anyway because I love this zany comedy classic!

I have to agree with reviewer manuel hernandez--they absolutely DON'T make movies like this anymore because they CAN'T: There simply is no modern equivalent for the legendary likes of Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Art Carney, Lucy Ball, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, Louis Nye, Terry-Thomas or, for that matter, stars Walter Matthau and Robert Morse. (Witness the inept results of the ill-considered attempt to remake Stanley Kramer's 1963 masterpiece "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"...)

After having heard about it for years, I finally saw "Guide" for the very first time on a cable movie channel in 1993 and enjoyed it from the zingy start to the satirically sentimental finish. (Any ideas on where I can find the snappy title theme by the The Turtles?)

Walter Matthau is a treat in an uncharacteristic role as a wide-eyed suburban Everyman being tutored in the whys and wherefores of adultery by smarmy neighbor Robert Morse. (You might want to bookend this movie with the stingingly funny "corporate" musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," also starring the talented Morse and released in the same year as "Guide.") A special nod, too, to the beautiful (and tragic) Inger Stevens ("The Farmer's Daughter") as Matthau's sweetly trusting housewife.

Space won't allow me to detail all the marvelous guest spots featuring the A-list cast, so just rent, borrow or buy this very funny movie and see it all for yourself. Be sure not to miss Reiner's comic pursuit of the stunning "Miss Stardust"!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on February 4, 2007
Format: DVD
Director Gene Kelly (yes, the actor/dancer) directs this satire about a cheating men.

Robert Morse, Hot offthe success of the film version of "How to Suceed in Business Without Really Trying" makes this film a hit by playing a Finch-liker character. Walter Matthau plays again the type he would later play to the hilt, the novice. Morse takes Matthau under his wing to how to have an affair with mini skits with famous cameos

This black comedy was strong for the 1960's but by todays standards it was be tame and cute

It still holds up 40 years later and still have an air of truth to it

Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on May 8, 2006
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This classic Sixties sex farce has a decidedly schizophrenic attitude towards its subject matter: marital infidelity. On the one hand it gives the would be adulterer some excellent if joked up advice; on the other hand it clearly portrays said adulterers and would be adulterers in the cast as fools. Perhaps that is the secret of its success -- the tension between these conflicting viewpoints. When screenwriter Frank Tarloff first pitched his story idea to 20th Century-Fox, the focus of ridicule was on the cuckolded wives rather than the philandering husbands. Both the studio and proposed director Gene Kelly were concerned enough about this to push back and get Tarloff to acquiesce in changing the emphasis: "While the cameo sequences still detailed a long list of ways to avoid getting caught having an affair, the connecting storyline now amounted to something of a morality tale." Note: "Although the film credits indicate Tarloff's screenplay is based on his own book by the same name, the book was actually an afterthought of the studio publicity department; it was published in 1967, shortly before the film's release."

After a brief animated opening sequence illustrating a number of pro-adultery quotations, the movie opens with stunningly gorgeous Ruth Manning (Inger Stevens) doing calisthenics to maintain her fantastic body while being completely ignored by her book-reading schnook of a husband Paul Manning (Walter Matthau) who turns down her offer to have sex in order to finish his chapter. Thus in the first few minutes even the men in the audience are thinking what a fool he is. Nothing that happens later in the movie challenges this first impression; Ruth Manning appears to be the perfect wife.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on January 4, 2007
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I first saw this movie on TV in the mid 60's. My wife and I laughed and snickered through the whole thing. Then I saw it again, a few years later, while in VietNam. That was a real hoot with a bunch of guys watching and reacting. Some 35 or more years later, I remembered it and just had to have a copy for myself. The entire movie, about how to cheat on your wife and not get caught, is chock full of cameos by readily recognizable stars acting out little scenarios as Robert Morse explains how to go about things to Walter Matthau. It's a light no-brainer, full of amusing surprises, for aspiring cheats who will have no clue what happens at the very end!
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