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How to Murder Your Wife (Ws Dub Sub Dol) [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jack Lemmon , Virna Lisi , Richard Quine    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas, Eddie Mayehoff, Claire Trevor
  • Directors: Richard Quine
  • Writers: George Axelrod
  • Producers: George Axelrod, Gordon Carroll
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDAW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,126 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully politically incorrect 3 Nov 2010
Mr. Ford (Jack Lemmon), through his cartoon character (Bash Brannigan), finds himself not only married after a drunken bachelor party but also, starts reflecting on married life through his cartoon strip. His gentleman's gentleman, Charles (played to perfection by Terry Thomas) laments the ending of their masculine world and resigns. The problem is Mr. Ford's new wife is the exquisitely proportioned and delectable Virna Lisi. Mr. Ford meets Charles in a bar where the seed is sown for Bash Brannigan to murder his wife. What follows must be seen to be believed. This is 1960's comedy at its best, with a musical score to match. Jack Lemmon is terrific. The supporting cast, especially his attorney, are excellent counterpoints to the central protagonists (Mr. Ford and Charles), particularly in the concluding courtroom sequence. It's a superb film which tramples (unwittingly) over today's political correctness in matters of married life. But then, love can have many twists and turns.

Ian Hunter.
Author of `e-Love'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Ask anyone if they have seen this film, and they will immediately mention the gloppita-gloppita machine and try (but fail) to imitate the actions of our protagonists when describing the action of the 'goofballs'. Most of us own a copy, either because of it starring Jack Lemmon, or because of the deft humour ruthlessly, yet subtly, sending up corporate America and sexist stereotypes.

But there is more to this 1965 comedy than meets the eye, because underneath the beautiful photography and slick dialogue is the clever satire chipping away at the many aspects of American life, cunningly coated with just enough tenderness. Other films and TV series have since refined the humour and sharpened the knife, and perhaps these days they go too far.

What makes this film so attractive is that it is essentially a gentle love story for a most unlikely hero, Jack Lemmon as successful cartoonist Stanley Ford, and a very attractive heroine, Virna Lisi as the Italian immigrant beauty queen he inadvertently marries. At times it feels like it might have been a stage play, a farce even, but the acting and sumptuous sets lift it to another level. And then there is Terry Thomas in one of his best supporting roles, and Claire Trevor as the classic American matriarch dominating her henpecked husband Eddie Mayehoff, all three parts never to be forgotten once seen.

This is perfect rainy afternoon viewing, so much better than the endless repeats on TV. The 4:3 picture quality on my MGM 2005 DVD is generally good, no weave or hop, and with nice stable colour, and once into the film one never notices the occasional minor flaws with grain or focus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's great! 27 Jun 2013
By polly
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I love Jack Lemmon, so anything with his name on it is ok by me! His sense of the serious and the funny is great. He plays this role so well, I recommend anyone to watch this and not be satisfied.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Choose...Bachelorhood or Virna Lisi ? 21 April 2013
By John J
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Jack Lemmon (Stanley) plays a Cartoonest who actually acts out and photos the scenes he uses in his Detective strip. He has an ideal bachelor life, lives in a great NY Townhouse and has Terry Thomas( Charles).as his Manservant..One night at a friends party Stanley has too much to drink and wakes up next to the girl who popped out of the party cake..She's played by the lovely Virna Lisi...She's Italian,can't speak a word of English and it seems he married her...His first problem is Charles..He's a confirmed bachelor and won't work for anyone who isn't...So he's off out the door....Stanley sees his bachelor life is at an end....But will he care?...Will the charm of his lovely Italian wife make him realize what he's been missing all these years?......Or does he want Charles back?...The only way that could happen is to get rid of his wife....His cartoon strip plays a part in the plot, and there is a Courtroom scene that is so way over the top it almost spoils the film for me. Today it would be considered not very pc, but that's not the reason....The reason is I found it unconvincing, embarrassingly frivolous,and just not funny... It's good to look at and Terry Thomas is in good comic form....Jack Lemmon does this kind of comedy with his eyes closed,and of course there is Virna Lisi...I must also mention the very funny square jawed Eddie Mayehoff who plays Stanley's Lawyer..A real scene stealer....Lastly, the music score could stand alone...It's great.....I know this is an old film but I always try to write a review as if it's not been seen by the reader...I hate giving away spoilers.....Yes,even if the film is almost 50yrs old.....It runs for almost 2hrs and has good colour and sound...5 soundtracks,English,German,French,Spanish and Italian...No special DVD needed...Overall I'd say it has it's funny moments and worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories 16 Jan 2013
By milky35
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Ahh, this was an excellent movie. Stylish and the dry sense of humour as you always get with Jack Lemon. The sound quality was a little poor but speedy receipt and thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry-Thomas is quality in this film. 18 Sep 2011
Jack Lemmon is quite good an all, but for me Terry-Thomas steals the show :D

It's a shame they don't makeum like this anymore
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It made us laugh and i will watch anything with Jack Lemmon in it a real star.
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Brilliant classic i saw this film when i was young and loved it then so its great to own it and be able to watch it at any time.
Published 4 months ago by jag man
5.0 out of 5 stars You may not be temped to murder your wife you'll be tempted to buy...
Wonderful cast of Jack Lemmon, Terry-Thomas and Virna Lisi make this comedy successful. It may have been made in 1965 and men and women's roles have become less strictly defined... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars funny film
I bought it for someone else because he loves it so much and I have always liked it a lot too.
Published 4 months ago by Beryl the Peril
4.0 out of 5 stars Two of the best comic actors ever.
It is always a joy to watch Terry Thomas and he steals the show in this film. Jack Lemmon does his normal excellent, stressed individual. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A.Sud
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Movies Fan
Just as I remember the original film many years ago and am a fan of Jack Lemmon and Terry Thomas. Recommended viewing.
Published 6 months ago by Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
I am a big fan of Jack Lemmon and can remember seeing this film at the cinema many years ago. Very funny but poignant at the same time. Terry Thomas is also great in the film.
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