The Secret Life of an American Wife
|The Secret Life of an American Wife|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||George Axelrod|
|Produced by||George Axelrod|
|Written by||George Axelrod|
|Music by||Billy May|
|Editing by||Harry W. Gerstad|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||June 25, 1968|
|Running time||92 minutes|
|Box office||$3,000,000 (US/ Canada)|
The Secret Life of an American Wife is a 1968 comedy film written and directed by George Axelrod. The film was released by 20th Century Fox in 1968, and was considered a box-office failure. It features a music score by Billy May. Edy Williams has a supporting role in the film as the Layton's blonde bombshell neighbor.
Victoria Layton (Anne Jackson) is a suburban housewife who is dissatisfied with her marriage and fears that her sex appeal is fading. Her husband (Patrick O'Neal) works as a press agent, and his only client is a movie star who is known as an international sex symbol (Walter Matthau).
Upon hearing that The Movie Star (the character is not given a name, and Matthau is credited as "The Movie Star" in the closing credits) indulges in the services of prostitutes, Victoria decides to pose surreptitiously as one in order to prove to herself that she is still sexually attractive.
- Walter Matthau - The Movie Star
- Anne Jackson - Victoria Layton
- Patrick O'Neal - Tom Layton
- Edy Williams - Susie Steinberg
- Richard Bull - Howard
- Paul Napier - Herb Steinberg
- Gary Brown[disambiguation needed] - Jimmy
- Albert Carrier - Jean-Claude
- "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
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