What A Way To Go! (1964)

Starring: Shirley McLaine, Bob Cummings, PN

Directed by: J. Lee Thompson

Summary: PN has a cameo role as one of the 5 husbands in this screwball comedy. Shirley McLaine plays Louisa Benson, an eccentric millionairess whose husbands keep dying, and leaving her richer. She feels that money is the root of her bad luck with men. PN is Larry Flint (no relation to the publisher of Hustler) a Parisian cab driver/struggling artist. He has invented a machine that paints to music and when Louisa feeds it classical, the results are enough to send Larry into the spotlight of the art world. Unfortunately, one day he becomes entangled in the machine and is killed. The other 4 husbands are played by Robert Mitchum, Dick Van Dyke, Dean Martin, and Gene Kelly. Bob Cummings plays Louisa's psychiatrist.

Trivia: Elizabeth Taylor was the original choice for the role of Louisa. Robert Mitchum played his role for no fee for tax purposes.

Rating/The Newman Factor: It's worth a scan just to see PN affect a Parisian accent. Critics usually lambaste Paul's comedic attempts, but this one passed as "acceptable". Film: 5, PN: 5.