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Too Many Husbands
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Director:
Writers:
Claude Binyon (screen play)
W. Somerset Maugham (based upon the play by)
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Release Date:
21 March 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
TWO'S COMPANY...THREE'S ILLEGAL! (original 6-sheet poster-all caps) See more »
Plot:
Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky re-married... and in no hurry to settle for just one husband. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
What a concept See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Jean Arthur ... Vicky Lowndes

Fred MacMurray ... Bill Cardew

Melvyn Douglas ... Henry Lowndes

Harry Davenport ... George
Dorothy Peterson ... Gertrude Houlihan
Melville Cooper ... Peter

Edgar Buchanan ... McDermott
Tom Dugan ... Sullivan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Brisbane ... Lawyer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Porter (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
Dave Willock ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Wesley Ruggles 
 
Writing credits
Claude Binyon (screen play)

W. Somerset Maugham (based upon the play by)

Produced by
Wesley Ruggles .... producer
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender (music by) (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon (film editor) (as William Lyon)
Otto Meyer (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Irene (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John P. Livadary .... sound director (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wesley Ruggles' Too Many Husbands" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 (1950) | Sweden:15 (1950) | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #6036) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The play, "Too Many Husbands," opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on 4 August 1919 and moved to Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 8 October 1919, closing in January 1920 after 102 performances. The opening night cast included Estelle Winwood as Vicky. It opened in London, England, UK on 30 August, 1919, with the title "Home and Beauty."See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Alchemist in Hollywood (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mon Homme (My Man)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
What a concept, 20 January 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Though one might suspect "Too Many Husbands" as being in the same vein as "My Favorite Wife," it's actually based on a Somerset Maugham play. The stars of this 1940 film are Jean Arthur, Melvyn Douglas, Fred MacMurray and Harry Davenport. After her first husband, Bill Cardew (MacMurray) was lost at sea, his grieving, lonely widow Vicky marries his friend and business partner, Henry Lowndes (Douglas) six months later. Boy is she surprised when Bill shows up alive. So is her new husband and her father (Davenport). It then falls to the confused Vicky to decide which husband she wants.

This is a very amusing comedy with terrific performances from all the stars. Melvyn Douglas, one of the truly great American actors, had to do this type of film until he finally reached old age and could show the world how sensational he was. He's very funny, his voice cracking when he's upset. The men act like quarreling children, playing games of oneupmanship and chasing Vicky everywhere. Seeing the frilly guest room, Bill questions Henry's effeminate taste. "What's this fabric?" Bill asks, holding up a piece of curtain. "DOTTED SWISS!" Henry yells in a booming voice. In another scene, Bill impresses Vicky by jumping over furniture, causing Henry to give it a try. He falls flat on his face. Arthur does an excellent job as a somewhat dizzy woman who loves both men, and Davenport is a riot as her sober-faced, worried father. MacMurray has always seemed bland to me, but he holds his own as the returning husband who's been stranded on an island for a year.

Much better than I thought it would be, and Arthur fans will love it.

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