How Do I Love Thee?
|How Do I Love Thee?|
|Directed by||Michael Gordon|
|Produced by||Robert Enders|
|Written by||Everett Freeman|
|Based on||Let Me Count the Ways|
by Peter De Vries
|Music by||Randy Sparks|
|Edited by||Ronald Sinclair|
|Distributed by||Cinerama Releasing Corporation|
Stanley is a furniture mover, happily married to Elsie but tempted by Lena, an artist. No actual affair takes place, but Lena does give him a poem as a parting gift that Stanley later enters in a contest. He wins a $10,000 prize and donates the money to Tom's department at the university. Tom is rewarded with a promotion over his rival, Littlefield.
Trouble develops when the "original" poem is exposed as being one of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets. Littlefield gets the job and Tom's reputation is sullied. Stanley prays for divine intervention and Littlefield promptly dies. Stanley flies to Lourdes to atone and pray for forgiveness, but is relieved when Tom informs him that Littlefield's death occurred before his request for help from above.
- Jackie Gleason as Stanley Waltz
- Maureen O'Hara as Elsie Waltz
- Shelley Winters as Lena Mervin
- Rosemary Forsyth as Marion Waltz
- Rick Lenz as Tom Waltz
- Jeffrey Orloff as student walking across campus wearing TKE shirt.
Filming began in Florida in June 1969. Maureen O'Hara, who accepted the role after a five year absence from the screen, later said she regretted making the film because the script was bad and there were numerous problems on the set.
How Do I Love Thee? premiered in Los Angeles on October 1, 1970. It was a box office failure and recorded an overall loss of $2,425,000. It earned rentals of $150,000 in North America and $125,000 in other countries.
- "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, May 31, 1973 p 3
- The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Volume 1, Part 1. 1. University of California Press. 1997. pp. 501–502. ISBN 0-520-20970-2.
- O'Hara, Maureen; Nicoletti, John (2005). 'Tis Herself: An Autobiography. Simon and Schuster. pp. 252–253. ISBN 0-743-26916-0.
- The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Volume 1, Part 1 1997 p.501