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After attempting to donate $200 million to the Internal Revenue Service, Louisa (Shirley MacLaine) finds herself in the care of a psychiatrist, Dr. Stephanson (Bob Cummings). She relates the improbable story behind her strange gift. It includes a pair of penniless husbands (Dick Van Dyke, Paul Newman), who build large fortunes before suffering early -- and unusual -- deaths. To break the curse, Louisa weds a millionaire (Robert Mitchum), then a clown (Gene Kelly), without much improvement.

Cast & Crew

Shirley MacLaine
Louisa May Foster
Paul Newman
Larry Flint
Robert Mitchum
Rod Anderson, Jr.
Dean Martin
Leonard "Lennie" Crawley
Gene Kelly
Pinky Benson
Bob Cummings
Dr. Victor Stephanson
Dick Van Dyke
Edgar Hopper
Gwen Davis
Writer (Story)
Betty Comden
Writer (Screenplay)
Adolph Green
Writer (Screenplay)
Leon Shamroy
Cinematographer
Nelson Riddle
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Critic Reviews for What a Way to Go!

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for What a Way to Go!

  • Nov 12, 2020
    An expensive bauble that pretends to be a rare and unique gem but is actually only a shiny piece of glass. A glossy appearance, tons of glorious costumes, a cadre of character actors nodding their approval and loads of A-list big-name talent cannot hide that that is all that is there: a present that is all wrapping paper but no present. Blah.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2012
    Silly shenanigans with Shirley a daffy delight as she works through a series of husbands and crazy production numbers. Her costumes have to be seen to be believed.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2008
    A delightful confection of a movie made primarily to showcase Edith Head's sumptuous outfits. It's really an experience to see all these big stars having a grand old time f-cking each other in a big glass of champagne. A satire of sorts, but the main purpose of seeing this movie is to have FUN, because you're never gonna see anything like this again.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer

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