DirectorMichael Gordon Story byPeter De Vries CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 1, 1970 (1970-10-01) Based onLet Me Count the Ways
by Peter De Vries WriterPeter De Vries (novel), Everett Freeman, Karl Tunberg CastJackie Gleason, Maureen O'Hara, Shelley Winters, Rosemary Forsyth, Rick Lenz ScreenplayKarl Tunberg, Everett Freeman Similar moviesPete n Tillie (1972)
A professor recalls his atheistic father (Jackie Gleason) and devoted mother (Maureen OHara), and his fathers blowzy mistress (Shelley Winters).
How Do I Love Thee? is a 1970 American comedy-drama film directed by Michael Gordon. It stars Jackie Gleason and Maureen OHara and is based on Peter De Vriess 1965 novel Let Me Count the Ways.
A professor recalls his atheistic father, his devoted mother and his father's blousy mistress.
Tom Waltz, a college professor, finds out that Stanley, his father, is in Lourdes, France. He quickly catches a flight there over his wife Marions 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 Toms 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 Brownings sonnets. Littlefield gets the job and Toms 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 Littlefields death occurred before his request for help from above.
Jackie Gleason as Stanley Waltz
Maureen OHara as Elsie Waltz
Shelley Winters as Lena Mervin
Rosemary Forsyth as Marion Waltz
Rick Lenz as Tom Waltz
Jeffrey Orloff as student walking wearing tke shirt
Pete n Tillie (1972). Investigating Sex (2002). The Open Road (2009). Maureen OHara appears in How Do I Love Thee? and Spencers Mountain. Jackie Gleason appears in How Do I Love Thee? and Nothing in Common.
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.