Review: ‘A Guide for the Married Man’

Walter Matthau plays a married innocent, eager to stray under the tutelage of friend and neighbor Robert Morse. But this long-married hubby is so retarded in his Immorality (it takes him 12 years to get the seven-year-itch) that, between his natural reluctance and mentor Morse's suggestions (interlarded with warnings against hastiness), he needs the entire film to have his mind made up.

Walter Matthau plays a married innocent, eager to stray under the tutelage of friend and neighbor Robert Morse. But this long-married hubby is so retarded in his Immorality (it takes him 12 years to get the seven-year-itch) that, between his natural reluctance and mentor Morse’s suggestions (interlarded with warnings against hastiness), he needs the entire film to have his mind made up.

Guide [based on the book by Frank Tarloff] is packed with action, pulchritude, situations, and considerable (if not quite enough) laughs. Inger Stevens is beautiful as Matthau’s wife, and so unbelievably perfect that it makes his reluctance most understandable.

Some of the guest talent have no more than one line (Jeffrey Hunter, Sam Jaffe), some are mimed (Wally Cox, Ben Blue) and others have several lines (Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Jack Benny, Hal March).

A Guide for the Married Man

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Gene Kelly; Producer Frank McCarthy; Screenplay Frank Tarloff; Camera Joe MacDonald; Editor Dorothy Spencer; Music John Williams; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, William Glasgow

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Walter Matthau Robert Morse Inger Stevens Sue Ane Langdon Claire Kelly Linda Harrison
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