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Too Many Husbands (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 March 1940 (USA)
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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JUST MARRIED.......BUT TO WHOM? (original 11x14 Title Card - all caps) See more »


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Release Date:

21 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wesley Ruggles' Too Many Husbands  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Two endings were filmed, one in which Jean Arthur ends up staying with Melvyn Douglas and one in which she ends up with her first husband, Fred MacMurray. See more »


Bill Cardew: I'm out of your life. Drowned. Forgotten. You found a new love. That makes me an unwanted corpse at a party. I'll go.
Vicky Lowndes: No, no dear. We don't feel that way at all. Do we, Henry?
Henry Lowndes: I think he described himself perfectly!
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Referenced in The Alchemist in Hollywood (1940) See more »


(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Jurmann
Played as dance music at the nightclub
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Lots of witty dialogue and amusing situations
1 July 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've just discovered this lighthearted film today on tv and must admit it has all the fine elements that make for a good stage play -- plenty of sure-fire dialogue, continual momentum to the story (never a dull moment), and light touches of original music. There are some hilarious moments so downright comical it made me burst out laughing. Just accept it as one more comedy of that era and you'll enjoy it nicely without having to make comparisons or look for weaknesses. Harry Davenport as the father adds his wisdom where he can. I feel all the actors had a good romp in this movie and I liked the repartee amongst them very much. Not sure precisely how it ended so will need to see it again some day. It's a fun movie indeed.

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