What a Way to Go! (1964)




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This lavishly produced, big-budget comedy (it cost $20 million in 1964 dollars) stars Shirley MacLaine as Louisa, a widow who is worth $200 million dollars. However, she's convinced that her fortune is cursed, and she wants to give all her money to the IRS. As she explains her sad tale to her psychiatrist, Dr. Stephanson (Robert Cummings), it seems that when Louisa was young she had the choice of marrying rich playboy Leonard Crawley (Dean Martin) or poor but decent Edgar Hopper (Dick Van Dyke). … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Betty Comden, Adolph Green
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 9, 2005


Shirley MacLaine

as Louisa May Foster
Paul Newman

as Larry Flint
Robert Mitchum

as Rod Anderson, Jr.
Dean Martin

as Leonard 'Lennie' Cra...
Gene Kelly

as Jerry Benson
Robert Cummings

as Dr. Stephanson
Dick Van Dyke

as Edgar Hopper
Margaret Dumont

as Mrs. Foster
Roy Gordon

as Minister
Phil Arnold

as Publicity and Press ...
Dick Wilson

as Driscoll
Lou Nova

as Tentino
Fifi D'Orsay

as Baroness
Larry Kent

as Hollywood Lawyer
Jane Wald

as Polly
Lenny Kent

as Hollywood Lawyer
Sid Gould

as Movie Executive
Paula Lauc

as Movie Executive's Gi...
Army Archerd

as TV Announcer
Tracy Butler

as Movie Star
Anton Arnold

as Mr. Foster
Burt Mustin

as Crawleyville Lawyer
Pamelyn Ferdin

as Geraldine Crawley (a...
Jeff Fithian

as Jonathan Crawley (ag...
Billy Corcoran

as Leonard Crawley (age...
Queenie Leonard

as Lady Kensington
Tom Conway

as Lord Kensington
Barbara Bouchet

as Girl on Plane
Marjorie Bennett

as Mrs. Freeman
Marcel Hillaire

as French Lawyer
Eugene Borden

as Neighbor
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

J. Lee Thompson's direction has failed to coalesce a good, firm farce. It lets the whole thing flap wildly -- and that's no way to make a film.

Full Review… | February 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A big, gaudy, gimmicky comedy which continually promises more than it delivers by way of wit and/or bellylaffs.

Full Review… | February 9, 2005
Top Critic

A star vehicle for Shirley MacLaine, Thompson's film is a tediously episodic black comedy about a wealthy widow and her five husbands; Newman, Mitchum, and Martin are all wasted.

Full Review… | February 9, 2005

The fact was that it simply wasn't very funny.

Full Review… | February 9, 2005
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An unappealing episodic black comedy that gets stuck in its own silliness.

Full Review… | February 9, 2005
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