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How to Commit a Marriage Details


Frank Benson (Bob Hope) and his wife, Elaine (Jane Wyman), decide to end their marriage after 20 years. Their daughter, Nancy (Joanna Cameron), announces she wishes to marry her college sweetheart, David Poe (Tim Matheson). David's father, Oliver (Jackie Gleason), is against the union and tries to sabotage the relationship. Nancy ends up pregnant and puts the baby up for adoption. Frank and Elaine become the foster parents to their grandchild. Frank poses as the young couple's guru to get them to raise the child themselves. Leslie Nielsen plays Phil, a divorced man who dates Elaine, while Frank takes up with Lois (Maureen Arthur). Comedy ensues when, at Oliver's urging, Frank and Elaine join the rock group the Comfortable Chair. Another sequence has a chimpanzee beating a frustrated Frank easily in a game of golf. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi


Bob Hope
as Frank Benson
Jackie Gleason
as Oliver Poe
Jane Wyman
as Elaine Benson
Maureen Arthur
as Lois Grey
Leslie Nielsen
as Phil Fletcher
Tina Louise
as LaVerne Baker
Irwin Corey
as The Baba Ziba
Tim Matheson
as David Poe
Paul Stewart
as Attorney
Joanna Cameron
as Nancy Benson
Irwin Corey
as The Baba Ziba
Paul Stewart
as Attorney
Tim Matheson
as David Poe


Norman Panama
Michael Kanin
Ben Starr
Charles B. Lang
John Lamphear
Set Designer
Nolan Miller
Costume Designer
Glen Glenn
Sound/Sound Designer
Justus Gibbs
Special Effects
Wayne Fitzgerald
Title Design
Mike Moschella