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Too Many Husbands (1940)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  21 March 1940 (USA)
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Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky re-married... and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.



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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 <>

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21 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wesley Ruggles' Too Many Husbands  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Studio officials sent out more than 10,000 questionnaires to college students, and screened the film with both endings at UCLA and USC in order to see which conclusion audiences preferred. See more »


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


Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Sung a bit by Fred MacMurray and hummed by Dave Willock
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surprisingly sprightly
17 January 2007 | by (baltimore , md) – See all my reviews

When I first heard the premise;a spouse declared dead comes back home after months alone on an island , only to find his beloved wife has re-entered marital bliss with his best friend, I thought 'it'll be interesting to see if they come anywhere near the brilliance of "My Favorite Wife"' And I also presumed this had to be a rather blatant rip-off of the Cary Grant-Irene Dunne classic released ,incidentally, in the same year. Boy was I wrong! For starters this appears to have been released months earlier and the screenplay,comic timing,and acting are easily in the same league as the best of the so-called 'screwball comedies'. When Jean Arthur is "on" there is no actress who can beat her and she looks about as good in this rarely shown film as she ever has . Fred MacMurry and Melvyn Douglas hold up their end, but the surprise, for me, was good old Harry Davenport who gets many lines , many chances to display bravado mugging and line readings, and never fails. This is a Jean Arthur film that needs immediate release on the DVD market!!

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