How to Murder Your Wife NR

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A successful syndicated cartoonist (who acts out the adventures he later infuses into his cartoon-strip character, "Bash Brannigan, Secret Agent") is dedicated to living the bachelor life, complete with a devoted English butler-valet-confidante. Until he awakens one morning after a wild stag party, only to discover that he married the sexy, sensual Italian beauty who popped out of the cake and barely speaks English. What's more...she doesn't believe in divorce. Now, how does the ultimate bachelor get rid of her? With the perfect murder scheme, of course!

Starring:
Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi
Runtime:
1 hour 59 minutes

How to Murder Your Wife

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Richard Quine
Starring Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi
Supporting actors Terry-Thomas, Eddie Mayehoff, Claire Trevor, Sidney Blackmer, Max Showalter, Jack Albertson, Mary Wickes, Alan Hewitt, Barry Kelley, William Bryant, Charles Bateman, Edward Faulkner, Lauren Gilbert, Howard Wendell, Khigh Dhiegh, K.C. Townsend, Leon Alton, Bill Baldwin
Studio MGM
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Sort of funny . . . cute plot . . . a few good twists.
MISTER SJEM
Very good, I will order more "old" movies from you These are the movies I enjoy most so please keep them in stock for "old people" like me.
patsy s duckett
Jack Lemmon at his best with an outstanding supporting cast like they can't find any more.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By peterfromkanata on March 7, 2005
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"How To Murder Your Wife" is a very entertaining comedy, directed with his usual aplomb by Richard Quine, that provides another excellent vehicle for multi-talented Jack Lemmon. It certainly gives us a snapshot of the mid-sixties--cars, clothes, furniture and, of course, attitudes. Perhaps I should add that the "snapshot" also reflects the affluent lifestyle of someone who can afford a luxurious townhouse in New York City !

Mr. Lemmon plays Stanley Ford, a successful cartoonist and "confirmed bachelor". He wakes up one morning after a crazy bachelor party to find a blonde in his bed ( drop-dead gorgeous Virna Lisi ) , and a wedding ring on her finger--it seems that, while intoxicated, he managed to marry this young woman. To add to his befuddlement, she is Italian and speaks no English. His "very British" butler ( scene-stealing Terry-Thomas ) is "shocked and appalled" and threatens to leave this severely-compromised masculine environment. The rest of the film is dedicated to our hero's attempts to unload the new wife--by legal means or otherwise--and return to the playboy lifestyle that he champions. There is much more to the plot but, unlike at least one other reviewer, I subscribe to the theory that potential viewers do not wish to be told every scene, plot development and situation in advance.

The witty script is accompanied by an excellent cast. I have already mentioned the priceless Terry-Thomas, who also serves as the film's "narrator". Virna Lisi is extremely beautiful and seductive--the scene where she "pops out of the cake" at the bachelor party will still quicken the pulse of any red-blooded male ( and gives rise to the one central flaw in the film--why would any sane guy want to "dump" Ms. Lisi ! ? )! Eddie Mayehoff is hilarious as Mr.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2000
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This film will keep you laughing until it hurts. Jack Lemmon at his best with an outstanding supporting cast like they can't find any more. Accused of the murder of his wife, Lemmon fires his lawyer to defend himself - his star witness: the fired lawyer (Eddie Meierhoff). Witness a cross examination to end all cross examinations. The jury had no choice but to acquit! This is the movie that gave us the "gloppita gloppita" machine. Don't miss it - see it as a couple.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Davis on July 18, 2002
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This is one of those films that start out seeming to be about one thing, but turn out at the end to be about something else entirely. Jack Lemmon is a confirmed (?) bachelor, living in a town house with his valet, Terry-Thomas, when one morning, after a liquor-soaked bachelor party for a friend the night before, he wakes to find himself married (gulp) to the dazzlingly beautiful Virna Lisi. Trapped in a no-win situation, he cooks up a plot for her murder (only on paper, of course); but, when she disappears, he finds himself on trial for her actual murder. One of the great comedic courtroom scenes follows. When the [spoiler] at the end of the film, you realized that you've been duped -- the film, which seemed to be about the joys of woman-hating, turns out to be about one of the great themes of cinema - "love conquers all". Eddie Mayehoff and Claire Trevor are marvelous in supporing roles.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pink Panther on February 16, 2007
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Although the movie begins saying that "we are gathered here to learn and so you shall and so you shall" at the end of the movie you come out wiser but not of what you expect. I do not want to elaborate as I should not ruin the movie for those who have not seen it. However I am going to say this: it is one of the funniest movies ever that deals with the battle of sexes and you can watch it over and over and overagain . It is that funny. The casting could not have been better while the script is magnificent. Buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Omur Yarsuvat on April 13, 2008
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A perfect Sunday morning movie, and one that is on my "best movies" list. The characters have been perfectly selected. When one looks around, one sees similar faces, with similar desires, problems and lives. Jack Lemmon portrays a character that many men relate to, admire, and perhaps long to be. His lifestyle is the perfect bachelor's lifestyle. Virna Lisi fits her role perfectly, her being pretty, sexy, innocent and on the road to the "promised land". Lemmon's manservant, Terry-Thomas, is right on the spot, and delightfully displays the bond between the knight and his right-hand man. But my favorite character is Edna. She is real, and she does what the Edna's in this world do. A bold new way to look at "the marital relationship". The "happy ending" appears to be politically correct, decades before that term has been forced down our throats. However, it cleverly "appears to be so", and the director succeeds in giving the message that the movie is meant to actually end at the conclusion of Jack Lemmon's trial. Viewers should pay particular attention to the "gym" and the "gentlemen's club". Many will draw parallel lines to their own environments. Some will re-consider their own lifestyle, and acknowledge what went wrong and where.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Barton on January 15, 2000
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This is one to own! Lemmon doesn't miss a beat as the professed batchelor/cartoonist trying to figure out how he got married and what to do about it. I have watched this movie countless times and never get tired of it.
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