What A Way To Go!
is a 1964 comedy film directed by J Lee Thompson
and starring Shirley MacLaine
as Louisa May Foster, an unwilling Black Widow
who falls in love with, marries and loses four husbands through the course of the movie, amassing an unwanted and ever-expanding fortune in the process. As she relates her life-history to a psychiatrist, each of her marriages is depicted as a parody of a different film genre: with Dick Van Dyke
as a silent movie, Paul Newman
as a pretentious French film, Robert Mitchum
as a Hollywood romantic blockbuster and Gene Kelly
as a musical. In the end she marries Dean Martin's Leonard Crawley, who is saved from death by being a complete and glorious failure in everything he attempts besides that marriage.
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