The Man Who Understood Women (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Man Who Understood Women (1959)





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After making Man Who Understood Women and seeing that the result was an ill-realized, uneven combination of Hollywood satire and tear-jerking melodrama, star Henry Fonda did not make another film until almost three years later. The story centers on a Hollywood producer who becomes so obsessed with turning his wife Leslie Caron into the sexiest star in Hollywood that he neglects her real needs. Feeling lonely and tired of Tinseltown, Caron returns to her native France and finds herself attracted to the handsome and very attentive pilot Cesare Danova. When Fonda hears about the budding affair, he flies into a rage and hires assassins to kill his rival. Unfortunately for him, the killers are romantics and decide that Caron and Danova are so in love that both must die so they can be together always. When Fonda finds out, he rushes over to France to try and save his wife.
Classics , Comedy
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Henry Fonda
as Willie Bauche
Leslie Caron
as Ann Garantier
Myron McCormick
as Preacher
Cesare Danova
as Marco Ranieri
Marcel Dalio
as Le Marne
Edwin Jerome
as The Baron
Bern Hoffman
as Soprano
Frank Cady
as Milstead
A. Ben Astar
as French Doctor
Bernd Hoffmann
as Soprano
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I Loved this Movie about Neglected Movie Star Wife(Leslie Caron), Unrequited Love to her Husband(Henry Fonda) who is obsessed with her career & neglects her. She finds Love in the Arms of another Frenchman (Cesare Danova) & runs away with him.,Willie(Fonda) goes into a Jealous Rage, Parties to the Extreme to divert his pain.Then hire's really Silly Assassins,he then changes his mind & tries to save his wife from the Assassins who decide the Love Birds should both be killed because they seem so in love.The older Assassin never speaks, it's very Ironic. I loved this Movie as its a Dramedy about Jealousy, & Finding out that you actually love the Spouse you're married to.Leslie Caron is a Favorite Actress of mine.This is a unique Love Story

Marilee Aschwanden
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