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What a Way To Go! (1964)
- James Higgins
The cast is an amazing assortment of great actors, but the movie is rather stupid. I didn't find it very funny, the musical numbers weren't very good and the art direction is gaudy and too extreme. Some of the big name actors should be embarrassed at their participation, Paul Newman in particular. On the plus side, it has a certain creativity, and the score is good, but overall it fizzles.
GENE KELLY TRAMPLED BY FANS! OH NO!!
This is a really cute movie. I'm surprised that I liked it as well as I did, being that GENE KELLY is not the main character and I don't particularly care for Shirley McClaine. But the fact that two of my other favorite actors are in it, Paul Newman, (who, along with Sean Connery are the only two other men that I would dare to say comes close to being almost as handsome as GENE--GENE, of course stands as #1) and Dean Martin, makes it quite a fun movie to watch. Actually, Shirley is sorta cute in how she only wants real love, but has a knack for helping her husbands become rich and famous without effort, only to have them all perish in career-related accidents. The plot was very good. But of course, my most favorite part is that of her and GENE. I love the tap dance number that they do on the ship. GENE was still so good, even though he was a handsome 52 years old in this movie. His cockiness after becoming rich and famous was so fun to watch. Can't imagine the sensual, lovable GENE being so uppity he played the role so well. And what a great pair of legs he still had which he flashed briefly when doing the Cesar bit. And I really liked Paul Newman's character too. Not only is he his handsome self, but he spoke a bit of french in this movie, reminding me of GENE'S french dialect in American In Paris. Overall, all the characters (Dick VanDyke, Robert Mitchem) were great! So although GENE is not the forefront of this movie, it is so worth watching. It's fun and exciting from beginning to end, and the real fun is realizing the plot at the beginning, and waiting with anticipation to see how the other husbands meet their end. I recommend it!
Unsung Gem with Singing
This was an ensemble piece before ensemble works were fashionable. Immense talents blended and subtly worked against type. Imagine Robert Mitchum in a comedy at all or Dean Martin as a humble dirt farmer. And Shirley Maclaine virtually shines in her versatility. Loved every minute.
I saw this as a young teenager when it came out with my mother and our neighbor lady. It was funny then and it still is. The cast is amazing with all the star power. I'm glad it has finally come out on dvd.