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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 remarried...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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Released at about the same time as My Favorite Wife (1940). "My Favorite Wife" deals with a husband, his 1st wife who was presumed dead, and his new wife whom he has just married. This one deals with a wife with two husbands. Both did well at the box office. See more »

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Henry Lowndes: [Sarcastically] Rave on, you wonderful thing!
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Referenced in The Alchemist in Hollywood (1940) See more »

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(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Jurmann
Played as dance music at the nightclub
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Jean Arthur Is Worth Fighting For
25 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from this Jean Arthur comedy vehicle, and as a result, I was pleasantly surprised by it.

Arthur plays a woman married to the best friend of her dead husband, who's mighty surprised when her dead husband turns out not to be so dead after all. Now she's got two men fighting over her, a state of affairs she settles back to enjoy, much to the dismay of her father, played by that terrific character actor Harry Davenport.

Jean Arthur is absolutely adorable, even if she is a bit of a brat in this. You want to hug her even as you want to see her kicked in the seat of her pants. Fred MacMurray plays the back from the dead husband, while Melvyn Douglas plays the best friend. I felt MacMurray straining a bit at the screwball comedy antics he was asked to tackle, but Douglas navigates the material expertly and probably gives the film's best performance.

I will say that the film is utterly unpredictable -- I could not guess how it was going to turn out right up until its closing credits.

Grade: B


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