Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1960s Collection: How to Ruin a Marriage and Save Your Life (1968)

David Sloane (Dean Martin) is an confirmed bachelor. However, he’s worried about the marriage of his friend Harry Hunter (Eli Wallach), who is having an affair. So David decides to steal away his friend’s mistress, thinking that it’s his employee Carol (Stella Stevens, in a part originally intended for Marilyn Monroe; by doing this movie, Jerry Lewis refused to speak to Stevens for nearly twenty years).

Yet he has the wrong woman — it’s really Carol’s neighbor Muriel (Anne Jackson, who in real life was the wife of Wallach).  You can just bet that hijinks ensue, especially when the mistresses begin to engage in collective bargaining agreements.

So yeah — these old Dean Martin sex comedies are beyond dated, but to me, they’re something akin to eating the junkiest of junk food on a snow day. They remind me of watching movies on old UHF channels in the 70s, lying under a blanket and wondering what it’d be like to be a grown-up. Hey little kid me — it stinks. Just watch Dean Martin movies and never grow up.

Fielder Cook, who directed this movie, also was behind the 1971 TV movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, which let to the series The Waltons. It was written by Stanley Shapiro, who also wrote Pillow Talk and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Mill Creek’s new Through the Decades: 1960s Collection has twelve movies: How to Ruin a Marriage and Save Your Life, The Notorious Landlady, Under the Yum Yum Tree, The Chase, Good Neighbor Sam, Baby the Rain Must Fall, Mickey One, Lilith, Genghis Khan, Luv, Who Was That Lady? and Hook, Line and Sinker. You can get it from Deep Discount.

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