How to Beat the High Cost of Living

1980    1h 45m    PG
A caper comedy about three suburban housewives who, in order to beat inflation and subsidize their alimony checks, plot to steal $1 million from a large plastic ball which is displayed in a local shopping center.
Directed By
Robert Scheerer
Stage III Productions, American International Pictures,

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Cast of How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Susan Saint JamesJane
  • Jane CurtinElaine
  • Jessica LangeLouise
  • Richard BenjaminAlbert
  • Eddie AlbertMax
  • Cathryn DamonNatalie
  • Dabney ColemanJack Heintzel
  • Fred WillardRobert
  • Art MetranoGas Station Attendant
  • Ronnie SchellBill Pike
  • Michael BellTom
  • Sybil DanningCharlotte
  • Al CheccoTim Lundy
  • Susan TolskyPatty
  • Garrett MorrisPower & Light Man
  • David LunneyLeon - Stage Manager
  • Michael K. DalySheriff - Antique Store
  • Byron MorrowCharlie Goldring
  • James "Izzy" WhetstineEddie - Bartender
  • Jack KrupnickMan in Chevy
  • James AdayRichard - Architects' Office
  • Wesley BaldwinBilly
  • Sarah LeonardLaurie
  • Allan WarnickSteve
  • Robin HickmanSinging Salesman
  • Danielle MayeShoe Salesman
  • Tom MorrisonShoe Salesman
  • Jane Van BoskirkWoman in Vets' Office
  • Jon DickmanDonald - Garage Sale
  • Bill RitchieFestive Young Man - Garage Sale
  • Robert CanagaMan - Garage Sale
  • Stan BoydCard Cronie
  • Jerry ZinnamonCard Cronie
  • Tom GresslerCard Cronie
  • Pip MillerSecurity Guard #1 (as Philip Miller)
  • Ralph GarrettSecurity Guard #2
  • Robert W. TalbotSecurity Guard #3
  • Harvey LewisProcess Server
  • Nanci WesterlandWoman Civilian
  • Joan SchumacherWoman Civilian on Stage
  • Scott BarkhurstMan Civilian on Stage
  • Linda HallWoman Civilian on Stage
  • Craig JacksonMan Civilian on Stage
  • Larry WoodruffMan Civilian on Stage
  • Colleen MurffLady at Garage Sale
  • Jonathan SchwartzShoe Salesman (as Jonathan Schwarz)
  • Wendy ShawnAssistant - Pageant
  • Cindy DouglasHigh School Student
  • Chris StrongFollow spot operator
  • Carmen ZapataMama (uncredited)
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