*Read John Williams’ biography here
A Guide for the Married Man
This 1967 comedy stars Walter Matthau and was directed by Gene Kelly. The story follows Paul Manning, who has discovered his friend and neighbour, Ed, has been cheating on his wife. Ed explains the tactics of men who have successfully committed adultery which tempts Paul to also cheat.
While you watch the opening credits you might notice that John Williams is still known as Johnny Williams for this movie (the last time it appears this way in a movie credit; in 1968 for the TV movie Heidi he is credited as John Williams).
The title song was performed by The Turtles. While John Williams composed the music, the lyrics were written by Leslie Bricusse.
The music is definitely from the 60s and has been classified as “radio pop” which I think defines it well. It was thought the song was going to be a hit but it couldn’t crack the charts.
I find the song to be very generic in its sound (maybe that’s why it wasn’t a hit?). But the thing that I find fascinating is the opening scene to the movie (which you can view in the clip below with the theme song). I would very much doubt this would be allowed today, even though I found it funny.
Generic song or a standout?