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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully politically incorrect
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...
Published on 3 Nov. 2010 by Ian Hunter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Choose...Bachelorhood or Virna Lisi ?
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully politically incorrect, 3 Nov. 2010
This review is from: How To Murder Your Wife [DVD] (DVD)
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 The Early Years
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3.0 out of 5 stars Choose...Bachelorhood or Virna Lisi ?, 21 April 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two of the best comic actors ever., 20 April 2014
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.

Saw it many years ago as a child and both Lemmon's and Thomas's performances always stuck with me.

Light hearted, politically incorrect and most importantly very amusing.

If you are an ardent women's libber then don't watch it as you will not have enough sense of humour to enjoy it, but for others wanting a good comedy with a style that was present in many American comedies of the era, then make sure you watch this before you die.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, old-fashioned comedy, and yet fresh on each viewing., 23 April 2011
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R. F. Stevens "richard23491" (Ickenham UK) - See all my reviews
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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. We watch on a 42" screen with digital connection from the player so can see the best picture quality, and this standard definition DVD does not disappoint.

The sound is still mono, but it has been properly re-mastered to make the most of what was there in the original soundtrack.

If you don't already have a copy in your collection of classic comedy from the golden age of Hollywood, then may I suggest you act now and remedy the omission.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories, 16 Jan. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's great!, 27 Jun. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Covers all the trial's and tribulations about being married with good humour, 21 Dec. 2014
good fun film, light hearted comedy about a proud Batchelor... who got unwillingly conquered by his sexy meddlesome, fussy, non English speaking, known for less than 24hours wife. Covers all the trial's and tribulations about being married with good humour.

Some of the fun was spoilt however as the live feed via amazon prime was pretty poor, it kept freezing and speeding up throughout the entire film. which was frustrating. The film itself however is a good watch.

p.s. LOOOOOOOOOOVED that house.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure entertainment!, 11 Sept. 2005
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Just sit back relax and enjoy this simple good old fashioned entertaining film. Cleverly constructed, beautifully played. Cant say much more than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry-Thomas is quality in this film., 18 Sept. 2011
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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 You may not be temped to murder your wife you'll be tempted to buy this., 1 May 2014
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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 over the years. But with all films it stands the test of time and watching it always makes me smile... would I push that button?
Julie F.
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