My Favorite Wife

My Favorite Wife

Garson Kanin (1940)

88min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Irene Dunne, having disappeared seven years earlier in a shipwreck, shows up alive and well just after her husband, Cary Grant (on top form here), has remarried (to Gail Patrick). With a screenplay (by Kiss Me Kate creators Sam and Bella Spewack) that burns brightly for most of the way and a scintillating cast, this hit romantic comedy remains a delight. Producer Leo McCarey had directed the 1937 Dunne/Grant smash hit The Awful Truth and was due to direct this one, but had to let Garson Kanin take over after being involved in a serious car crash. It was remade in 1963 as Move Over, Darling, with Doris Day and James Garner.

Summary

A man remarries seven years after his explorer wife's disappearance - but the last thing he expects is for her to suddenly reappear. It turns out she has been stranded on a desert island, and he is tempted to return to her - until he discovers she was not alone. Screwball comedy, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.

Cast & Crew

Ellen Arden Irene Dunne
Nick Arden Cary Grant
Stephen Burkett Randolph Scott
Bianca Gail Patrick
Ma Ann Shoemaker
Tim Arden Scotty Beckett
Chinch Arden Mary Lou Harrington
Dr Kohlmar Pedro De Cordoba
Director Garson Kanin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy