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My Favorite Wife
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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
 (From IMDb News. 15 September 2005)

User Reviews:
An Entertaining Use of the Idea See more (66 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)

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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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:
Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "Enoch Arden," about a fisherman presumed lost at sea who returns to find his wife remarried, was the basis of five prior films: Enoch Arden (1914), Die Toten kehren wieder - Enoch Arden (1919), and D.W. Griffith's Enoch Arden: Part I (1911), Enoch Arden: Part II (1911), and Enoch Arden (1915). Those films adhered to Tennyson's poem. But in My Favorite Wife, Something's Got to Give (1962), and Move Over, Darling (1963), only the basic idea of a spouse who returns is kept, with the spouse presumed lost now being the wife. However, in all of these films, the surname of the couple in question remains "Arden."See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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 »
Quotes:
Nick Arden:Do you ride in cabs or do you just trot alongside?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Skaters Waltz (Les patineurs)See more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An Entertaining Use of the Idea, 24 August 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This gets pretty good comic mileage out of the often-used 'Enoch Arden' (or, as here, 'Ellen Arden') idea of the long-lost spouse who returns to find his/her spouse now involved with someone else. Numerous movies have used it both for drama and for comedy, and in this case, the premise is adapted to the screwball comedy formula that was so popular for a time in the 1930s and 1940s.

The story starts by slightly revising the usual setup, with Irene Dunne as the formerly shipwrecked spouse, Cary Grant as the husband who has since become involved with another woman (Gail Patrick), plus Randolph Scott as a wild card in the relationships. Practically every stage of the story is highly implausible (probably deliberately so) but amusing, and it is generally left to the cast to make things work, which they usually do.

Grant usually seems quite at home in this kind of comedy, and he and Dunne work well together, depicting their characters' relationship with the kinds of intangibles that help make the whole scenario more believable. Patrick is always quite good as an elegantly icy rival to the heroine, and Scott also works well here in his role. Amongst the supporting cast, Granville Bates gets some very good moments as the grouchy judge.

For as far-fetched as the scenario seems at times, it works pretty well. The cast is strong enough to carry the weight, and it would have been hard to improve upon their combination of talents. It doesn't have quite the depth of comic variety or the subtlety of implied commentary that the best screwball comedies have, but it's an entertaining movie worth seeing.

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