MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,428 this week

Too Many Husbands (1940)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  21 March 1940 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 759 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 11 critic

Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky re-married... and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play by), (based upon the play by)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 27 Nov 2010
 
a list of 258 titles
created 15 Mar 2011
 
a list of 116 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 4565 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Too Many Husbands (1940)

Too Many Husbands (1940) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Too Many Husbands.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

During the WW2 housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Jean Arthur, Joel McCrea, Charles Coburn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The author of a scandalously racy best-selling book tries to hide her celebrity from her provincial small town neighbors who'd be scandalized if they knew.

Director: Richard Boleslawski
Stars: Irene Dunne, Melvyn Douglas, Thomas Mitchell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband's second marriage.

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Susan Lane is a gifted psychiatrist, grounded in self-control. Before returning by train to her practice in Chicago, she spends time back East with war veterans, building their self-esteem,... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Lee Bowman, Adele Jergens
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mystery writer and his newlywed wife move into a Greenwich Village apartment and find themselves with a corpse and a half dozen red herrings.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Loretta Young, Brian Aherne, Jeff Donnell
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Just before Christmas, Lee Leander is caught shoplifting. It is her third offense. She is prosecuted by John Sargent. He postpones the trial because it is hard to get a conviction at ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Screwball comedy has wealthy mystery writer Paula Bradford using her doctor ex-husband's non-payment of alimony to coerce him into a reconciliation.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Gleason
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a dead body turns up in the home of a famous actress, two reporters (who also happen to be in love with one another) compete to get the real scoop.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: George Brent, Joan Blondell, Adele Jergens
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: J. Walter Ruben
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Jean Arthur, Chester Morris
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
Dorothy Peterson ...
Melville Cooper ...
Peter
...
Tom Dugan ...
Edit

Storyline

It's been a year since Bill Cardew was declared dead by drowning, and his widow Vicky is now married to his old friend and business partner, Henry Lowndes. When Bill unexpectedly returns from the island where he was marooned, what is Vicky to do? Well, having twice been a rather neglected wife, Vicky finds all the attention from two husbands competing for her favors delightful, and is in no hurry to make a decision...much to the discomfiture of hapless Bill and Henry. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A great director brings to the screen Somerset Maugham's hilariously great play about the gayest or marital mix-ups! (original Card B poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wesley Ruggles' Too Many Husbands  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is a variation of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem "Enoch Arden." In both the poem and the film, a husband is shipwrecked and presumed dead, only to return home to find his wife involved with a man he used to know. See more »

Connections

Remade as Three for the Show (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Mon Homme (My Man)
(1920) (uncredited)
Music by Maurice Yvain
Variations often in the score, particularly during Vicky's indecision
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Too Many, Too Much, Too Little
21 January 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This has an excellent cast. It begins well. And it's not by any means terrible.

It seems forced after a while, though. We get the idea way before it's been resolved.

My objection is not based on the movie's similarity to the more familiar "My Favorite Wife." Much as I love Irene Dunne and like Cary Grant, and love them in "The Awful Truth," that movie has always seemed mean and smug to me.

Jean Arthur looks pretty in "Too Many Husband" but she doesn't exactly have the usual Jean Arthur charm. At least I didn't find her to. Fred MacMurray is fine as her jock first husband. And this sort of chic comedy was catnip to the always charming Melvyn Douglas.

Harry Davenport contributes a whole lot, too. He plays Arthur's father. It's clear that he loves her and likes both men but has no patience for anyone's dawdling or neuroses.

It's a decent movie but if it's your first exposure to Jean Arthur, by all means give her some more tries. "The More The Merrier," of course, is sublime. I haven't seen "Easy Living" in ages but remember it as a joy. And she is very charming in "History Is Made At Night" -- as well as in many, many movies spanning several decades.

It's so great to have her back on the small screen!


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Too Many Husbands oh_mauigirl
Discuss Too Many Husbands (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?