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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Jean Arthur Is Worth Fighting For See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Passenger at Airport (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Porter (uncredited)
James Millican ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (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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Language:
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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Alchemist in Hollywood (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Jean Arthur Is Worth Fighting For, 25 August 2009
Author: evanston_dad from United States

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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