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Release Date:
17 May 1940 (USA) See more »
The funniest, fastest honeymoon ever screened!
Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
Director Robert Wise Dies at 91
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Top-notch romantic comedy See more (62 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
88 min | Germany:75 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Recording System)
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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Several performers listed in studio records as being in this movie "My Favorite Wife (1940)" could not be seen. These were, with their character names if any: Joseph E. Bernard, Edward Emerson and Bruce MacFarlane (Reporters), Frank Marlowe (Photographer), Cyril Ring (Contestant), Brandon Tynan (Dr. Manning) and Frank Ellis.See more »
Plot holes: Nick said he met his second wife, Bianca, on the boat while searching for Ellen, yet Bianca doesn't recognize Ellen when meeting her. The search team likely had pictures of Ellen provided for them including pictures from Nick's home, which Bianca would have seen on the boat and in Nick's home.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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Top-notch romantic comedy, 20 April 2006
Author: robb_772 from United States

Two attempted remakes and dozens of rip offs have failed to diminish the hilarious complications and romantic musings of this often-imitated, never duplicated screwball farce. Loosely based on the Alfred Lord Tennyson poem "Enoch Arden" (Tennyson does not receive a screen credit in the finished film), MY FAVORITE WIFE piles on the fast-paced, snappy dialogue and outrageous, comedic misunderstandings at a frantic rate. Director Garson Kanin skillfully maintains the perfect serio-comedic tone throughout the film's runtime, and the picture is easily respected screenwriter's best film as a director. Interestingly enough, Kanin took over the directing duties from Leo McCarey (an Oscar winner as Best Director for 1937's THE AWFUL TRUTH, which also starred Grant and Dunne) after McCarey was injured in an automobile accident (McCarey also co-wrote the screenplay with Kanin and Sam and Bella Spewack).

The cast is marvelous, topped by yet another Oscar-worthy performance by Irene Dunne, who offers a multi-dimensional portrayal in a genre where one-note characterizations typically run rampant. Dunne was indeed a rare actress who could peerlessly balance madcap humor and genuine pathos, without ever appearing forced or contrived. Cary Grant is every bit Dunne's match as the befuddled husband who finds himself with one wife too many. Although his role doesn't permit him to display the jaw-dropping physical prowess that was showcased so remarkably in THE AWFUL TRUTH, Grant's mastery of internal comedy is given ample screen time here - especially in the final two-third when he discovers he may have a romantic rival.

The supporting cast is also diligently cast, although there's no animal scene-stealer, a la canine performer Asta's memorable turn as Mr. Smith in THE AWFUL TRUTH. Platinum-haired beefcake Randolph Scott is fun as Grant's rival for Dunne's affections, and the fact that Grant and Scott were lifelong friends and roommates only makes their scenes together even funnier (there's also a hilarious sight gag involving the two of them that will have even the most reserved viewer rolling on the floor with laughter). The appropriately rigid Gail Patrick plays the role of the stereotypical shrew as well as anyone could, and director Kanin also pulls natural performances from the two children in the cast. A comedy with a large dosage of wit and an ample amount of intelligence is quite rare, and MY FAVORITE WIFE has all of that and more in abundance - it's simply a picture where everything works.

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