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The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 June 1968 (USA)
A bored housewife poses as a call girl for a movie star sex-symbol, hoping she can prove to her husband, the star's agent, that she is still desirable to other men and thereby, rekindle the spark in their marriage.

Director:

George Axelrod

Writer:

George Axelrod
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Matthau ... The Movie Star
Anne Jackson ... Victoria Layton
Patrick O'Neal ... Tom Layton
Edy Williams ... Susie Steinberg
Richard Bull ... Howard
Paul Napier Paul Napier ... Herb Steinberg
Christian Brando ... Jimmy (as Gary Brown)
Albert Carrier ... Jean-Claude
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A bored housewife poses as a call girl for a movie star sex-symbol, hoping she can prove to her husband, the star's agent, that she is still desirable to other men and thereby, rekindle the spark in their marriage.

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WALTER MATTHAU, The Nations No. 1 Authority in Extra-Marital Hi-Jinks is Back to Show There is Life After Marriage See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Connecticut Look See more »

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Production Co:

Chanford See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color
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George Axelrod admitted that the character of the movie star (who is never named) was based on Frank Sinatra, and that he had thought it would be amusing to cast his friend Walter Matthau against type for this role. Years later, he concluded that he had been mistaken in this, and that he should have gone to Sinatra himself, or perhaps Dean Martin. See more »

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Overlooked Matthau Movie!Ann Jackson Rules!
18 July 2003 | by willsauer-1See all my reviews

In "The Secret Life of An American Wife".Ann Jackson plays a 34 year old wife whose husband(Patrick O'Neal) is the agent of an arrogant,excentric sex symbol movie star(Walter Matthau).Thinking that she(Ann Jackson has lost her sexual attractiveness to men.She poses as a call girl to the movie star in order to prove to herself that she is still sexual attractive.This is an overlooked Matthau Movie especially with the superb dialogue of Ann Jackson.It's an intelligent witty comedy that's well worth a look!!


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