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Director:
Writers:
Bella Spewack (original story) &
Sam Spewack (original story) ...
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Release Date:
17 May 1940 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The funniest, fastest honeymoon ever screened!
Plot:
Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
NewsDesk:
Director Robert Wise Dies at 91
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Who's Two Timing Who See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Ellen

Cary Grant ... Nick

Randolph Scott ... Burkett
Gail Patrick ... Bianca
Ann Shoemaker ... Ma
Scotty Beckett ... Tim
Mary Lou Harrington ... Chinch
Donald MacBride ... Hotel Clerk
Hugh O'Connell ... Johnson
Granville Bates ... Judge
Pedro de Cordoba ... Dr. Kohlmar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Postponed Case Witness (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Yosemite Bartender (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Waiter - Pacific Club Poolside (uncredited)
Joe Cabrillas ... Phillip (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Page Boy Paging Burkett (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
Corky ... Corky the Dog (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Waiter Bringing Wine (uncredited)
Florence Dudley ... Postponed Case Witness (uncredited)
Harold Gerard ... Assistant Court Clerk (uncredited)
Roque Guinart ... Waiter (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Court Clerk Beside Judge Bryson (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Johnny Weissmuller Inquirer (uncredited)
Thelma Joel ... Miss Rosenthal - Nick's Legal Secretary (uncredited)
Cy Kendall ... Police Detective Arresting Nick (uncredited)
Ellen Lowe ... Weissmuller Inquirer's Companion (uncredited)
Margaret Martin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Horace McMahon ... Truck Driver Giving Lift to Ellen (uncredited)
Sue Moore ... Maid Drying Ellen's Clothes (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Postponed Case Lawyer (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Postponed Case Lawyer (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Page Boy Bringing Steve's Robe (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Policeman Arresting Nick (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Bellboy #1 (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Page Boy Paging Mr. Arden (uncredited)
Eli Schmudkler ... Janitor (uncredited)
Pat West ... Caretaker at Arden's Mountain Place (uncredited)
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Directed by
Garson Kanin 
 
Writing credits
Bella Spewack (original story) &
Sam Spewack (original story) (as Samuel Spewack) and
Leo McCarey (original story)

Bella Spewack (written for the screen by) &
Sam Spewack (written for the screen by) (as Samuel Spewack)

Garson Kanin  uncredited
Alfred Lord Tennyson  poem "Enoch Arden" (uncredited)
John McClain  uncredited

Produced by
Leo McCarey .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Wise (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Anderson .... assistant director
Ruby Rosenberg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark-Lee Kirk .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recordist
 
Other crew
Bert Granet .... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min | Germany:75 min (cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1997) | USA:Approved (PCA #5974) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 23, 1941 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The judge mentioned that Ellen was shipwrecked off the coast of Indochina. Nick mentioned that he went to Bangkok to interview survivors which makes sense if the shipwreck happened near Indochina. However, Ellen mentioned that she was located at Latitude 12, Longitude 128 which is 200 miles east of the Philippines and more than 1000 miles away from the closest part of the Indochina peninsula (which would be Vietnam). The nearest large city to that location would be Manila and not Bangkok.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Arden:The moment I saw you I knew...
Ellen Wagstaff Arden aka Eve:I bet you say that to all your wives.
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Soundtrack:
The Skaters Waltz (Les patineurs)See more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Who's Two Timing Who, 23 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Cary Grant's got a real problem on his hands. He thinks his wife was killed in a plane crash seven years ago. So he goes to court with Gail Patrick who he now intends to marry after getting the judge to declare Irene Dunne legally dead.

Wouldn't you know it, Dunne turns up the day of the honeymoon and puts Cary in an awful pickle. He's a lawyer and he's busy trying to work out all the ramifications of what's happened.

I've thought about it for a while and I came to the conclusion that it's Grant's professional training that prevents him from just confessing to one and all what's happened. Where a lot of the laughs come in is Grant trying to avoid marital consummation with Patrick until he can work it out.

Another factor comes into play when Grant learns that Dunne spent several years on the desert island with hunky Randolph Scott. Grant starts to feel a little less guilty then.

The whole mess is dumped on the judge who originally declared Dunne legally dead, Granville Bates. His role as the judge gives him some of the best lines in My Favorite Wife.

I do feel sorry for Gail Patrick though. Usually she plays a lot of bad girls and other women in movies. But she really is the wronged party here.

Dunne and Grant worked well together in another marital comedy, The Awful Truth and they were just as bright in My Favorite Wife as they were in the first film.

One interesting footnote it was a remake of this film Something's Gotta Give that Marilyn Monroe did not complete. Eventually it was made over with Doris Day and James Garner.

That one was good, but this one is great.

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