A New Leaf

A New Leaf

Elaine May (1971)

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Our Score
Sophisticated, cynical black comedy from writer/director/star Elaine May about a middle-aged playboy (Walter Matthau) who, lacking the resources to sustain his extravagant lifestyle, decides to marry wealthy wallflower May to keep himself in the luxury to which he's accustomed. Matthau intends to bump his new bride off, only to find himself afflicted by a guilty conscience. A Manhattan fairy tale with a wonderfully mordant edge.


A penniless playboy contemplates suicide when his trust fund runs out and his furious uncle refuses to support him any longer. His crafty butler suggests a dastardly scheme - marry a wealthy heiress then murder her and claim the inheritance. However, as he romances a suitable victim, his conscience begins to trouble him. Comedy, starring Walter Matthau, Elaine May and Jack Weston.

Cast & Crew

Henry Graham Walter Matthau
Henrietta Lowell Elaine May
Andrew McPherson Jack Weston
Harold George Rose
Uncle Harry James Coco
Mrs Traggert Doris Roberts
Sharon Hart Renee Taylor
Beckett William Redfield
Bo Graham Jarvis
Frank Jess Osuna
Mel David Doyle
Mr Van Rensaeller Fred Stewart
John Mark Gordon
Gloria Cunliffe Rose Arrick
Mrs Heinrich Mildred Clinton
Director Elaine May
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray