A Guide for the Married Man

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A Guide for the Married Man
Promotional poster for A Guide for the Married Man.
Directed by Gene Kelly
Produced by Frank McCarthy
Written by Frank Tarloff
Starring Walter Matthau
Robert Morse
Inger Stevens
Sue Ane Langdon
Claire Kelly
Elaine Devry
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Joseph MacDonald
Edited by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • May 25, 1967 (1967-05-25)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,325,000[1]
Box office $5,000,000 (US/ Canada)[2]

A Guide for the Married Man is a 1967 American bedroom farce comedy film starring Walter Matthau, Robert Morse, and Inger Stevens. It was directed by Gene Kelly. It features a large number of cameos, including Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Terry-Thomas, Jayne Mansfield, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Joey Bishop, Art Carney and Wally Cox. The title song, performed by The Turtles, was composed by John Williams with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.


Paul Manning discovers one day that his dear friend and neighbor Ed Stander has been cheating on his wife. Curious, he asks Ed about it and is given the history and tactics of men who have successfully committed adultery. With each new story, Paul can't help but notice the attractive blonde, Irma Johnson, who lives nearby.

Paul gets close to cheating on his wife Ruth, but he never quite goes through with it. In a scene near the end when he is in a motel room with another woman, Jocelyn, a wealthy divorcee, Paul hears sirens approaching. He looks out the window to see the police, and they are going to the room next door where his friend Ed is in bed with Mrs. Johnson. Paul takes this opportunity to flee the scene and run home to his beloved wife.


Cameo appearances

See also


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p255
  2. "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.

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