A Guide for the Married Man

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Ed Stander Robert Morse, with the help of an all-star cast, teaches Paul Manning Walter Matthau the fine art of philandering in A Guide for the Married Man. Paul, happily married to sexy Ruth Inger Stevens, has no burning desire to cheat, but Ed makes the prospect sound very attractive. Finally taking the "big step" with a glamorous brunette after months of careful preparation, Paul finds that he loves his wife way too much to betray her -- while the ever-careful Ed ends up in divorce court. Among the myriad of ...
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Ed Stander Robert Morse, with the help of an all-star cast, teaches Paul Manning Walter Matthau the fine art of philandering in A Guide for the Married Man. Paul, happily married to sexy Ruth Inger Stevens, has no burning desire to cheat, but Ed makes the prospect sound very attractive. Finally taking the "big step" with a glamorous brunette after months of careful preparation, Paul finds that he loves his wife way too much to betray her -- while the ever-careful Ed ends up in divorce court. Among the myriad of "advisors" peppered throughout Guide for the Married Man are Art Carney, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Jayne Mansfield, Terry-Thomas, and Carl Reiner. The best guest-star vignette features Joey Bishop as a man caught in bed with another woman by his wife -- whereupon he calmly puts on his clothes, straightens up the room, and quietly responds to his wife's outrage by saying "What bed? What girl?" Adapted by Frank Tarloff from his book of the same name, Guide for the Married Man was directed by Gene Kelly, who makes a cameo "appearance" of his own as a voice on a TV set.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Quite dated nowadays, A Guide for the Married Man was in its day a somewhat bold attempt on Hollywood's part to take a satirical look at the ways of the philandering male. Even in its day, however, the satire was never really as sharp as it wanted to be or thought it was; contemporary audiences will likely miss the satire completely and have to settle for the film's jokes. Fortunately, if one can get past the misogyny inherent in the premise, Guide actually is very funny. Unlike a lot of 1960s sex comedies, Guide provokes genuine laughter. Some credit certainly goes to Frank Tarloff, whose screenplay, if obvious, often hits the low humor marks at which it aims. And Gene Kelly has directed things with style and a certain amount of brio, keeping things moving at a nice fast clip and integrating the "lessons" into the main story very well. But it's really Guide's cast that makes it worth a look. Walter Matthau and Robert Morse are in fine form, even when much of what they are doing is playing straight men setting up the "lessons." No one will ever believe that Matthau would consider cheating on a lovely and luscious wife such as Inger Stevens, but she plays her part well. And the cameos, from Art Carney and Lucille Ball to Carl Reiner and Jack Benny, are a great deal of fun. For once, the "all-star" approach works well, instead of being a mere distraction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2005
  • UPC: 024543190899
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Matthau Paul Manning
Robert Morse Ed Stander
Inger Stevens Ruth Manning
Sue Ane Langdon Mrs. Irma Johnson
Claire Kelly Harriet Stander
Elaine Devry Jocelyn Montgomery
Linda Harrison Miss Stardust
Michael Romanoff Maitre d'Hotel
Jason Wingreen Mr. Johnson
Pat Becker Party Guest
Joey Bishop Technical Adviser
Sid Caesar Technical Adviser
Wally Cox Technical Adviser
Jayne Mansfield Technical Adviser
Hal March Technical Adviser
Louis Nye Technical Adviser
Carl Reiner Technical Adviser
Phil Silvers Technical Adviser
Terry-Thomas Technical Adviser
Ben Blue Technical Adviser
Ann Morgan Guilbert Guest Artists
Jeffrey Hunter Technical Adviser
Marty Ingels Technical Adviser
Sam Jaffe Technical Advisor
Heather Carroll Mrs. Miller
Mickey Deems Waiter
Eddie Quillan Cologne Salesman
Dale Van Sickel Stunt Driver
Chanin Hale Miss Crenshaw
Sharyn Hillyer Girl in Bed
Jackie Russell Miss Harris
Aline Towne Mrs. Mousey Man
Eve Brent Joe X's Blowzy Blonde
Majel Barrett Mrs. Fred V.
Tommy Farrell Rance G's Hanger-on
Fred Hollyday Party Guest
Robert Patten Party Guest
Dee Carroll Party Guest
Ray Montgomery Party Guest
Jackie Joseph Party Guest
Heather Young Girl with Megaphone
Evelyn King Female Plaintiff
Nancy de Carl Woman with Baby
Warrene Ott Woman with Gun
Julie Tate Woman in Bed
Karen Arthur Lady Dinner Partner
Damian London Lone Male Diner
George Neise Man in Bed
Tim Herbert Shoe Clerk
Pat McCaffrie Motel Clerk
Jimmy Cross Mr. Brown
Virginia Wood Bubbles
Patricia Sides Patricia Sides
Polly Bergen
Art Carney
Technical Credits
Gene Kelly Director
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Leslie Bricusse Songwriter
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
William Glasgow Art Director
Paul Helmick Asst. Director
Emil Kosa Jr. Special Effects
Harry Lindgren Sound/Sound Designer
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Frank McCarthy Producer
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Frank Tarloff Screenwriter
The Turtles Score Composer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- A Guide for the Married Man: Full Screen
1. Marriage/Main Titles
2. A Nose for It
3. The Coach
4. Provoking a Fight
5. Too Good
6. Keen Sense of Smell
7. Big Movie Star
8. Old Ironsides
9. Husbands and Wives
10. After the Party
11. Hideaway Hunt
12. Breaking the Code
13. Trial Run
14. Single Women
15. Double Jeopardy
16. Cheapskate
17. Sweet Lips
18. Deny, Deny, Deny
19. The Big Night
20. Home/End Titles
Disc #1, Side B -- A Guide for the Married Man: Widescreen
1. Marriage/Main Titles
2. A Nose for It
3. The Coach
4. Provoking a Fight
5. Too Good
6. Keen Sense of Smell
7. Big Movie Star
8. Old Ironsides
9. Husbands and Wives
10. After the Party
11. Hideaway Hunt
12. Breaking the Code
13. Trial Run
14. Single Women
15. Double Jeopardy
16. Cheapskate
17. Sweet Lips
18. Deny, Deny, Deny
19. The Big Night
20. Home/End Titles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way to End The Era....

    Gene Kelly was a visionary. On the heels of the youth movement and the uprising of a culture that was founding a movement based on popular disrespect for anyone over 30, here was a thoroughly defiant showcase of classic character actors and comics, aged 50 to 70, including the likes of Art Carney and Jack Benny, cavorting with the young and nubile. Even the elder female set is represented in a brief appearance by Lucille Ball. No studio would bank on such a concept today, and it's the shame of Hollywood. Clearly this is one of the last great salutes to a more distinguished studio era, albeit a rather light and ineffective romp. Matthau was not really suited for this role. Jerry Lewis, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis,any other comtemporaries might've sufficed, and the role was certainly interchangable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Deny, Deny, DENY!

    After 12 years of marriage, Walter Matthau is ready for a change. He takes infidelity lessons from a friend (Robert Morse), and the result is a large number of comic scenes. A high-spirited film, largely due to Matthau's wonderful performance and Gene Kelly's inspired direction. The legendary Jayne Mansfield appears as a dumb blonde with Terry-Thomas as a philander who spend the night together in his house while his wife's out of town. Though short, it's a highly amusing bit. Another great vignette is one in which Carl Reiner as a mega movie star sets up a rendezvous with a nubile starlet (Linda Harrison). They fly off in opposite directions to make their way by plane, ship, bus, rickshaw and skis to meet in a chalet in the Alps just as the actor's wife breaks in. The laugh's on Matthau, of course, as a misguided soul who would consider cheating on his beautiful and so much the perfect wife (Inger Stevens). That alone should qualify him as fig-head of the year. With a sparkling score by John(ny) Williams and a great title track by The ("Happy Together") Turtles. I have always hoped for a sequel where we catch up with Terry-Thomas, still desperately searching for Mansfield's missing bra!

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