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How to Commit Marriage (1969)

Bob Hope , Jackie Gleason , Norman Panama  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Jane Wyman, Leslie Nielsen, Maureen Arthur
  • Directors: Norman Panama
  • Writers: Ben Starr, Michael Kanin
  • Producers: Bill Lawrence
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YS7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How to Commit Marriage" on IMDb

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Bob Hope and Oscar-winner Jane Wyman star as the perfect married couple with one minor exception: They are about to announce their divorce. However their daughter is getting married. And that's just the beginning. The young couple must deal with the trials and tribulations of the groom's father (Jackie Gleason) as he tries to stop the wedding. The film was quite fitting as Bob saw his own daughter Nora get married that same year. Taking the helm as director was longtime collaborator Norman Panama. Panama directed Hope in Road to Hong Kong (the final "Road" picture) wrote That Certain Feeling Monsieur Beaucaire Road to Utopia and supplied the story for My Favorite Blonde. He also directed Danny Kaye in The Court Jester and penned the classics White Christmas and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. The film also stars Tina Louise (Ginger of Gilligan's Island) Tim Matthieson (National Lampoon's Animal House) and Leslie Nielsen (The Naked Gun).System Requirements: Running Time 104 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 090096098791 Manufacturer No: 60987-9

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hope's Hippie A- Go - Go January 1, 2012
America's favourite comedian gets all caught up in the Age of Aquarius when his free-thinking daughter drops out of college to join a rock group and search for spiritual enlightenment under the guidance of a bumbling Persian mystic. But there's a twist to the usual generation gap scenario. Bob's wayward kid wants to do the "establishment thing" by tying the knot with her composer boyfriend while her parents have (secretly) decided to call it a day on the marital front.

Hope's shot at impersonating the aforementioned guru, complete with flowing robes, turban, fake beard and a drooping orchid which he uses to "bless" his "disciples" provides plenty of chuckles. Another change of costume sees him decked out in a Nehru jacket and sporting a groovy hairstyle as he takes a "space trip" to some pot-filled Go-Go joint down on Sunset.

Although some of the gags fall flat others work just fine as Bob and Jackie Gleason team up to add some real sparkle to the film's better moments.

Hope to the perpetually loaded Gleason: "And about your breath... you could start the windmill on an old Dutch painting".

Bob had just about lost interest in the big screen by this late stage, having decided to concentrate on his top rating TV shows instead. This was, in fact, his second last theatrical release.

Contrary to what many critics would have you believe, this is not a totally bad movie. It's actually a pretty sharp satire of some of the more nonsensical, new age clap trap what was permeating western culture at the time. Even the Beatles quickly realized that they were being taken on a one way elephant ride to fantasyland by their own giggling guru.

As for this one, it's a low key walk - thru which doesn't demand much of its stars but it still generates enough laughs along the way to keep it going.

Not outstanding but fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOR THE MUSIC!!!!! June 27, 2009
By larryj1
Interesting Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason film. The DVD quality is pretty good for this release from the Bob Hope Film Collection. However, it is only presented in a full screen version. Probably the most notable aspect of this film is the opportunity to see the only film appearance I know of for the folk-rock group The Comfortable Chair.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny movie December 21, 2007
this is a must see movie for any bob hope or jane Wyman fan.
the cast is great and jane is at her best here.
trading one liners with bob hope
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film aptly titled in a 1968 sort of way. July 20, 2013
By DLAllen
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Good copy of the DVD. I saw this movie as a kid at the drive-in. It was pushing boundaries at the time and my folks lamented having taken me along (but I wasn't all that young). Bob Hope is always somewhat of a dope (in a good way) and all the surrounding characters are fun. Jackie Gleason is his main foil.
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