How Do I Love Thee? (1970) - Rotten Tomatoes

How Do I Love Thee? (1970)





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This uneven, sentimental comedy finds a son trying to bridge the generation gap with his father. Stanley (Jackie Gleason) is the cynical and atheistic furniture mover married to the born again Elsie (Maureen O'Hara). Their son Tom (Rick Lenz) is the college philosophy professor who tries to understand his father. The parents take a trip to France for Stanley's health, and the concerned Tom soon follows. Stanley tries to have an affair with the bohemian artist Lena (Shelley Winters), but the two never get the chance. She leaves him with a poem he believes she wrote for him. Tom turns the poem in to a contest committee and Stanley wins the $10,000 prize. The poem turns out to be an Elizabeth Browning original, and Tom is passed up for a much deserved promotion. Stanley goes to church and prays for Tom to get the promotion. He is upset when the professor who gets the promotion over his son dies, but Tom assures him the man expired before he enter the church and asked for divine intervention. Tom ends up marrying on of his beautiful students (Rosemary Forsythe) in this story from the Peter DeVries novel "Let Me Count The Ways."


Jackie Gleason
as Stanley Waltz
Maureen O'Hara
as Elsie Waltz
Clinton Robinson
as Tom as a Boy
Don Beddoe
as Dr. Littlefield
Jack Nagle
as Bagley
James McCallion
as Pete McGurk
Don Sebastian
as Art Salerno
Judy Wallace
as Mrs. Bagley
J. Edward McKinley
as Hugo Wellington
Templeton Fox
as Mrs. Wellington
Fritzi Burr
as Mrs. Gromulka
Alex Gerry
as Walter Wetzel
Olga Vargas
as Mother Superior
Dick Sterling
as Dr. Giroux
Robertson White
as Old Geezer
Harriet Veloshin
as Dean Bagley's Secretary
Julie Evelyn Turner
as French Nurse
Ed Ross
as French Dentist
Soroya Farah
as Belly Dancer
Frank Logan
as Frank, the Bartender
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