How to Murder Your Wife

How to Murder Your Wife

Director: Richard Quine Cast: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas

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Overview

How to Murder Your Wife

George Axelrod's script for How to Murder Your Wife isn't politically correct in the least, but you're likely to get a charge out of it -- provided you are of the male persuasion, that is. Jack Lemmon stars as Stanley Ford, a successful cartoonist and a confirmed bachelor who shares a lavish apartment with his misogynistic manservant, Charles (Terry-Thomas). While attending a friend's bachelor party, Stanley falls head over heels in love with the gorgeous bikini-clad girl (Virna Lisi) who pops out of a cake. He impulsively marries her, but thinks better of it the next day. Alas, Stanleycan't get a divorce because his bride is an Italian Catholic (this is 1966). Dicier still, she is a "domestic goddess," lovingly plying her hubby with rich Italian food until Stanley's once-athletic physique is as bloated as the dirigible Hindenberg. Stanley's descent into husbandhood is reflected in his work: his popular adventure comic strip "Bash Brannigan" metamorphoses into a Blondie-like "idiot husband" daily. As a catharsis, Stanley vicariously "kills" his lovely wife by having Bash Brannigan murder his missus. Stanley's wife sees the finished strip on his desk and runs tearfully out of his life (at least temporarily). The publication of the strip, coupled with his wife's disappearance, results in Lemmon being put on trial for murder. We won't tell you how things turn out; suffice it to say that most feminists will be outraged, while most husbands will laugh immoderately. Eddie Mayehoff and Claire Trevor provide sparkling support as Lemmon's bombastic editor and his dragon-like wife.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2015
UPC: 0887090091305
Original Release: 1965
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 16,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Stanley Ford
Virna Lisi Mrs. Ford
Terry-Thomas Charles
Eddie Mayehoff Harold Lampson
Claire Trevor Edna Lampson
Sidney Blackmer Judge Blackstone
Max Showalter Tobey Rawlins
Jack Albertson Dr. Bentley
Alan Hewitt District Attorney
Mary Wickes Harold's Secretary
Barry Kelley Actor
William Bryant Actor
Charles Bateman Actor
Edward Faulkner Actor
Lauren Gilbert Actor
Howard Wendell Actor
Khigh Dhiegh Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Quine Director
George Axelrod Producer,Screenwriter
Gordon Carroll Executive Producer
Neal Hefti Score Composer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Sidney Choreography
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
David Wages Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- How to Murder Your Wife
1. Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Chapter IV
5. Chapter V
6. Chapter VI
7. Chapter VII
8. Chapter VIII

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How to Murder Your Wife 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best of the 1960's war-of-the-sexes comedies, far superior to the terminally cute Rock Hudson/Doris Day films, and somewhat darker and funnier than the Cary Grant films of the genre. But... because of the refreshingly unrepentent chauvinist attitude of the film, it is seldom seen in today's politically correct TV world. The courtroom scene is, in my view, one of the funniest in the history of cinema - on par with the ''nobody's perfect'' scene of the classic ''Some Like it Hot'' - another of Lemmon's best. Terry-Thomas is surprisingly funny as Lemmon's man-servant, but the performance of Eddie Mayehoff as the henpecked lawyer is the one to watch. Jack Lemmon was also at his comedic best with a playful performance that forces you to like the man who yearns to be a bachelor once more, even if it means fantasies of killing his wife. Verna Lisi is great eye candy for any decade.