What Every Woman Wants (1962 film)

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What Every Woman Wants
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Directed by Ernest Morris
Written byMark Grantham (original story) (as M.M. McCormick)
Produced by The Danzigers
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited byJohn S. Smith
Music by Bill LeSage
Distributed by United Artists Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 1962 (1962)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

What Every Woman Wants is a 1962 British comedy film directed by Ernest Morris and starring James Fox, Hy Hazell and Dennis Lotis. [1] [2] The screenplay concerns a marriage guidance counsellor who struggles with his own domestic life.



Married mother Jean Goodwin and her daughter Sue join forces to bring about a transformation in their husbands' behavior, hoping to receive more attention from them. Their intricate plan sets off a series of comedic mishaps and chaos.


Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "An artless, stage-bound view of British working class life, in which a thin and familiar little story is laboriously worked out against a background of incessant family bickering. Humour (jokes about drink, mothers-in-law, etc.) is of the most aggressively down-to-earth variety. Brenda de Banzie and Patric Doonan appear more at ease in these surroundings than either William Sylvester or Elsy Albiin, somewhat incongruously cast as the wounded soldier and the discontented wife." [3]

TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it a "Surprisingly amusing family-oriented comedy." [4]

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  2. "What Every Woman Wants (1962)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  3. "What Every Woman Wants". The Monthly Film Bulletin . 21 (240): 137. 1 January 1954 via ProQuest.
  4. "What Every Woman Wants". TVGuide.com.