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A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast

Walter Matthau
as Paul Manning
Robert Morse
as Ed Stander
Inger Stevens
as Ruth Manning
Sue Ane Langdon
as Mrs. Irma Johnson
Jackie Russell
as Miss Harris
Claire Kelly
as Harriet Stander
Linda Harrison
as Miss Stardust
Elaine Devry
as Jocelyn Montgomery
Jason Wingreen
as Mr. Johnson
Heather Carroll
as Mrs. Miller
Robert Patten
as Mr. Miller
Eddie Quillan
as Cologne Salesman
Mickey Deems
as Waiter
Aline Towne
as Mrs. Mousey Man
Chanin Hale
as Miss Crenshaw
Eve Brent Ashe
as Joe X's Blowzy Blonde
Marvin Brody
as Taxi Driver
Majel Barrett
as Mrs. Fredy
Marian Mason
as Mrs. Rance G.
Tommy Farrell
as Rance G's Hanger-on
Fred Holliday
as Party Guest
Pat Becker
as Party Guest
Dee Carroll
as Party Guest
Ray Montgomery
as Party Guest
Jackie Joseph
as Party Guest
Heather Young
as Girl with Megaphone
Evelyn King
as Female Plaintiff
Nancy DeCarl
as Woman With Baby
Warrene Ott
as Woman with Gun
Michael Romanoff
as Maitre d'Hotel
Karen Arthur
as Lady Dinner Partner
Damian London
as Lone Male Diner
Dale Van Sickel
as Stunt Driver
Julie Tate
as Woman in Bed
George N. Neise
as Man in Bed
Tim Herbert
as Shoe Clerk
Patricia Sides
as Mau Mau Dancer
Pat McCaffrie
as Motel Clerk
Jimmy Cross
as Mr. Brown
Virginia Wood
as Bubbles
Sharyn Hillyer
as Girl in Bed
Fred Hollyday
as Party Guest
Lucille Ball
as Technical Advisor
Jack Benny
as Technical Advisor
Polly Bergen
as Technical Advisor
Joey Bishop
as Technical Advisor
Sid Caesar
as Technical Advisor
Art Carney
as Technical Advisor
Wally Cox
as Technical Advisor
Jayne Mansfield
as Technical Advisor
Hal March
as Technical Advisor
Louis Nye
as Technical Advisor
Carl Reiner
as Technical Advisor
Phil Silvers
as Technical Advisor
Terry-Thomas
as Technical Advisor
Ben Blue
as Technical Advisor
Ann Morgan Guilbert
as Technical Advisor
Jeffrey Hunter
as Technical Advisor
Marty Ingels
as Technical Advisor
Sam Jaffe
as Technical Advisor
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Critic Reviews for A Guide for the Married Man

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Extremely politically incorrect (endorsing infidelity) w/huge cast of comedians.

March 8, 2008
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Audience Reviews for A Guide for the Married Man

½

A very funny and well written comedy in which the great Walter Matthau stars along with over 15 cameo actors. A definite must-see.

Matthew James
Matthew James

It was entertaining. I liked seeing the old cars and what everyone wore back then. Why they spent so long trying to figure out how to cheat on his wife, wasn't pleasant but was funny. I agree this movie is so sexist I'm waiting for the remake!

~Lissa~  .
~Lissa~ .

Super Reviewer

½

Overall a funny movie with a great, all-star cast. The premise at hand is controversial, even by today's standards. How to cheat on your spouse the right way, as if there is a right way! I think most people would find it to be more Billy Wilder than Gene Kelly, though maybe not quite up to Wilder standards. Pretty comparable comedy just the same, with a redeeming moral at the end, similar to Seth Rogen films such as The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. One aspect I found interesting was that Walter Matthau played the straight man for a change. You would have expected him to play the part of the slimy best friend, but it's always good to see people try different roles and he did an adequate job at playing the "Jack Lemmon" role. I think most people would agree that he is unevenly matched with his knock out of a wife and is crazy to even consider following in his fellow man's footsteps.

Jakki Jelene
Jakki Jelene

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