Ann Wilson (Janet Leigh) has caught her chemistry professor husband David Wilson (Tony Curtis) kissing one of his transfer students. He thinks it was innocent, she wants a divorce. So instead of working through their issues, David gets his friend Michael Haney (Dean Martin) to come up with a story to get out of it. And that story? David is a secret agent.
Ann falls for it and this enables Michael to get what he’s always wanted, which is his wingman back, so he makes a date with the Coogle sisters (Barbara Nichols and Joi Lansing, both rivals of Marilyn Monroe).
As for Ann, she can’t stop bragging about her husband being a secret agent, which means that the real FBI, CIA and even KGB all get involved. There’s a great cameo by Jack Benney, as Michael is a TV writer, and Cicely Tyson shows up in a very early role. And beyond Larry Storch being in this, so is Emil Sitka.
Director George Sidney is probably best known for Pal Joey, Show Boat and Bye, Bye Birdie. He lends a great touch to this film, which is really worth seeing for its three leads. Martin seems to be having a great time in every scene he’s in.
There’s some irony in that when True Lies, a movie with a similar concept, was made years later, the wife was played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.
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.