How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life

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How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life
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Directed by Fielder Cook
Produced by Stanley Shapiro
Written byStanley Shapiro
Nate Monaster
Starring Dean Martin
Stella Stevens
Eli Wallach
Anne Jackson
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography Lee Garmes
Edited by Philip W. Anderson
Nob Hill Productions Inc.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
January 29, 1968
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.5 million (rentals) [1]

How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life is a 1968 American comedy romance film directed by Fielder Cook. It stars Dean Martin, Stella Stevens and husband and wife Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. [2]



David Sloane (Dean Martin) is an attorney and a bachelor whose married pal Harry Hunter (Eli Wallach) is having an affair. David decides to do something about it so Harry doesn't mess up his home life.

The scheme is to make a play for Harry's mistress himself. David meets and courts Harry's attractive employee, Carol Corman (Stella Stevens), determined to break up her fling with Harry once and for all.

David's plan goes wrong because he has the wrong woman. Harry's actual mistress is Carol's next-door neighbor, Muriel Laszlo (Anne Jackson). As soon as he learns (mistakenly) that she is seeing another man, Harry decides to give his marriage to Mary one more try.

Carol and Muriel come to realize what happened. They decide to team up, giving David and Harry a taste of their own medicine.


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  1. "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety , 8 January 1969, pg 15.