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      A Guide for the Married Man

      1967 1h 29m Comedy List
      44% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 70% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In this playful comedy, Paul Manning (Walter Matthau) is happily married to his beautiful wife, Ruth (Inger Stevens), but he still has a wandering eye. When he finds out that his good friend Ed Stander (Robert Morse) has been regularly cheating on his spouse, Harriet (Claire Kelly), Paul becomes intrigued by how his buddy gets away with such indiscretions, leading to a list of humorous "rules" for successful affairs presented by a number of high-profile guest stars. Read More Read Less

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Rated: 2.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Wilfrid Sheed Esquire Magazine [A Guide for the Married Man] wallows in its cheapness, and thus has no satiric place to stand. Feb 6, 2020 Full Review Joyce Melba Los Angeles Free Press To be such a pure, poor Hollywood product may be a distinction of sorts. Feb 3, 2020 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Extremely politically incorrect (endorsing infidelity) w/huge cast of comedians. Rated: 3/5 Mar 8, 2008 Full Review Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) Rated: 4/5 Sep 20, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 26, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member All the films played by Walter Matthau are good for me. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review kevin w Gene Kelly directs this salad-lite comedy farce (filmed in the swing-tastic 60's ... free love, baby!) about how to cheat in your marriage and keep the marriage. The solution? Lie, baby, lie, and Robert Morse is the swinging nerd offering advice to nervous-but-tempted first timer Walter Matthau. There's plenty of inappropriate-in-the #MeToo era shots of women walking away from you with closeups of their butts. Gene Kelly made this??? And plenty of star cameos too. Light hearted fun. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Probably the most sexist film ever made with a cavalcade of stars and cameos, thanks to Gene Kelly directing. You need a score card to keep track of all the stars in this. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny movie about the rules of cheating while married. Ed:" Basic principle number one: Never, NEVER say you'll be where you can be found not to be". Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member A very funny sexual farce, directed by Gene Kelly, starring Walter Matthau, Robert Morse, Sue Ane Langdon, Jackie Russell, and Inger Stevens, with an incredible all-star cameo ensemble, including Jack Benny, Polly Bergen, Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, Majel Barrett, Jayne Mansfield, Joey Bishop, Art Carney, Wally Cox, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, and Ben Blue. Robert Morse teaches his straight pal Walter Matthau how to have affairs with other women and get away with it, and explains all the dos and don'ts through the stories acted out by the supporting cast of comedians. Screamingly funny and entertaining. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In this playful comedy, Paul Manning (Walter Matthau) is happily married to his beautiful wife, Ruth (Inger Stevens), but he still has a wandering eye. When he finds out that his good friend Ed Stander (Robert Morse) has been regularly cheating on his spouse, Harriet (Claire Kelly), Paul becomes intrigued by how his buddy gets away with such indiscretions, leading to a list of humorous "rules" for successful affairs presented by a number of high-profile guest stars.
      Director
      Gene Kelly
      Production Co
      20th Century Fox
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Sep 6, 2005
      Runtime
      1h 29m