The 110 years of Claire Trevor Blogathon – How To Murder Your Wife (1965)


This review is part of the The 110 Years of Claire Trevor Blogathon being run by Crystal of In The Good Old Days of Hollywood  and Virginie of The Wonderful World of Cinema

Tnx for letting me take part!

“Not at all, my boy, not at all. Been married 38 years myself. And I don’t regret one day of it. The one day I don’t regret was… August 2, 1936. She was off visiting her ailing mother at the time. ” – Judge Blackstone

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A successful executive wakes up one morning to find that he has married a young Italian dancer who knows no English and he must try to find a way to reclaim his bachelorhood.

My Take on it – This is yet another movie that I knew nothing about when I chose it for this blogathon besides the fact that Claire Trevor stars in it.

This is such a fun film that finds a way to be completely off the wall and on the mark with everything that it does.

Jack Lemmon is perfectly cast in the lead role and is a great representative of the male species as we get to see the internal struggles that he constantly goes through.

The story itself moves at a rapid fire pace and they seem to always find new ways to keep things fresh and original the whole way through which helps keep things so fascinating to watch.

Virna Lisi is also great here as Lemmon’s dancer wife who quickly learns the tricks of the trade of how to control a husband even when they have a huge language barrier between them.

Trevor has the showiest role here as Lisi’s mentor who shows her how easy it can be to be a puppet-master for her husband and make him do all she ever wants.

Love the way that this film is able to show how men and women have always been fighting for power and control in a relationship through in a very satirical and funny fashion throughout.

It’s both amazing and understandable that much of what happens in this film is quite timeless and things still happen today in a similar fashion to how they progressed 55 years ago when this film was made.

Bottom Line – Really fun film that is both off the wall and very on the mark at the same time. Lemmon is superbly cast in the lead role and helps us see the internal struggle of his character (who represents all men). The story moves along at a great pace and finds new and refreshing ways to stay interesting along the way. Lisi is great as his “new” wife who quickly learns how to keep her man in check with the help of Trevor who shows that she is the true puppet-master. The film does a superb job satirically showing the way that men and women have always battled over power within a relationship.  The most fascinating things about this film tho is the fact that while watching it, we can all see that not much has really changed in relationships an marriage in the 55 years since this was made. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962), Jack Lemmon told this story. Prior to starting the film, the husband of co-star Virna Lisi made her promise that she would not be talked into doing a nude scene in her first American film. She assured him that she would not, signed the contract and traveled to Hollywood. While filming the “revelation” scene, where Lemmon awakens to discover in horror that he had gotten married at the bachelor party, she had to disrobe and lay in the bed nude but discreetly covered with a sheet. However, it was this day that her husband, an architect, arrived unannounced at the set to surprise his wife. When he walked into the scene, he became very upset. He focused his anger toward Lemmon who, realizing that discretion was the better part of valor, exited the set at full speed with Virna’s husband in tow. Running past several sound stages on the MGM lot, he quickly found a garbage dumpster, jumped in and closed the cover. He waited there until security officers found him.(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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5 thoughts on “The 110 years of Claire Trevor Blogathon – How To Murder Your Wife (1965)

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  2. I’m ashamed to admit that I own and love this movie and somehow NEVER REALIZED THAT THAT WAS CLAIRE TREVOR . What the heck is wrong with me? I don’t know. Gotta go back and re-watch this now! Thanks for this entertaining wake up call, Rob!

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