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How To Commit Marriage

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Bob Hope and Jane Wyman star in this weak comedy/drama, which is redeemed by the presence of Hope's 1968 Imperial.

Below are several still pictures from the movie.  In order to play, just click any of the pictures below--click on a small picture for a small (1.7 Meg) movie, or a large picture to view a larger, high quality clip suitable for viewing in "full-screen" mode; file size is 11.6 Meg. Left click to view the movie directly, or save to your hard drive by right-clicking and selecting "Save Target As".  If you need help viewing, go to our "How To Play Imperial Movies" page.  Enjoy!



Bob Hope and his "date" pull up to a groovy-looking club in his 1968 Imperial.
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Love that hair and funky jacket!  Maybe a leftover costume from the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour?  Nice view of what appears to be a Sky Blue Metallic 1968 Imperial Crown 4-door hardtop, though.
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Bob Hope driving his '68 Imperial along the coast....
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...and into his driveway.  The lack of LeBaron emblems on the C-pillars identifies this four-door hardtop as a Crown model, which was the entry trim level for 1968.
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A "split-screen" view of Bob Hope and his wife, played by Jane Wyman.
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One last view of Hope's '68 Imperial Crown, as well as Wyman's 1968 Chrysler Town & Country wagon.
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Commentary on "How To Commit Marriage" from the Imperial Mailing List

As I look closely at the picture of Bob Hope (split screen with Jane Wyman) driving his supposedly '68 Crown, it oddly doesn't look like a '68 Imperial. Where the driver's sun visor attaches to the roof looks odd. There isn't a c-pillar interior light, as I think '68s had (at least my dad's '68 New Yorker had them). And more tellingly, I don't believe that either center arm rest in the front or rear of a '68, when retracted, is as long as the height of the seat back. In short, the car on the road is indeed a '68, but the car he's sitting in is a '64!!

When I was about 7 years old in 1969 I went on a tour of Universal Studios in Universal City, CA. In a sound stage, the tour guide pulled me and a little girl out of the tour and had us sit in the shell of a '64 Imperial. As I recall, it only had the passenger compartment and maybe the trunk - there was nothing forward of the cowl and where the windshield might have been. Behind the car was a large screen where they projected some scene of a country road. In front of the car was the camera, which would shoot passengers through the windshield frame and show the country road scene behind them, as though they were driving.

I remember a couple of things about the experience: 1) the little girl kept staring at me like I was Rock Hudson or some big star; 2) the car was a '64 because the dash was just like my Grandmother's then newly-purchased '64 Crown; and 3) the steering wheel wasn't attached to any gears or anything, because I kept spinning the wheel with one finger - around and around and around like a top. Surely I'd have been doing donuts in some field off Malibu Canyon if the scene behind the car had been accurate. I wonder if "How to Commit Marriage" was a Universal picture. Then I might be able to say I sat in the same driver's seat as Bob Hope!! Ah, the things I remember from my long-ago youth!!

Neal Herman


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