How Do I Love Thee?

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How Do I Love Thee?
Directed byMichael Gordon
Produced byRobert Enders
Everett Freeman
Written byEverett Freeman
Karl Tunberg
Based onLet Me Count the Ways
by Peter De Vries
StarringJackie Gleason
Music byRandy Sparks
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byRonald Sinclair
Distributed byCinerama Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • October 1, 1970 (1970-10-01)
Running time
110 mins.
CountryUnited States
Box office$275,000[1]

How Do I Love Thee? is a 1970 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Gordon. It stars Jackie Gleason and Maureen O'Hara and is based on Peter De Vries's 1965 novel Let Me Count the Ways.[2]


Tom Waltz, a college professor, finds out that Stanley, his father, is in Lourdes, France. He quickly catches a flight there over his wife Marion's objections.

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.


Production notes[edit]

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.[3]


How Do I Love Thee? premiered in Los Angeles on October 1, 1970.[4] 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.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "ABC's 5 Years of Film Production Profits & Losses", Variety, May 31, 1973 p 3
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ O'Hara, Maureen; Nicoletti, John (2005). 'Tis Herself: An Autobiography. Simon and Schuster. pp. 252–253. ISBN 0-743-26916-0.
  4. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Volume 1, Part 1 1997 p.501

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