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My Favorite Wife (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  17 May 1940 (USA)
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Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage.



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The funniest, fastest honeymoon ever screened!


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17 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meine liebste Frau  »

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 12, 1945 with Gail Patrick reprising her film role. See more »


When Ellen has her first hot shower 'in seven years', she's wearing a bathing cap, rather than wash her hair in the shower. See more »


Nick Arden: [discussing how to tell Tim and Chinch that Ellen is their mother] Would it help if I wrote them a letter?
Ellen Wagstaff Arden aka Eve: Oh, that would be nice, yes. 'Enclosed, please find your mother.'
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Rather than the usual "The End" title at the end, there is a "Good Night". See more »


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Better than the remake
4 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree that Move Over Darling is a very good remake of My Favorite Wife, but Doris Day and James Garner, much as I like them, cannot reach the level of sophistication of Grant/Dunne. Randolph Scott does nothing to detract from the picture. Certainly no more than Chuck Connors does in the same role in Move Over Darling. The courtroom scenes with Grant and Granville Bates as the judge are superior, and Donald McBride as the hotel clerk is exceptional. Cary Grant's facial expression on the elevator when he first sees Dunne after 7 years is so memorable that I can still remember it 35 years after first seeing it. If you are a Grant fan, you have to see this movie.

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