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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:
Too Many, Too Much, Too Little See more (22 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 ... 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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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:
Released at about the same time as My Favorite Wife (1940). "My Favorite Wife" deals with a husband, a wife, and a fiancé. This one deals with a wife with two husbands. Both did well at the box office.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Alchemist in Hollywood (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mon Homme (My Man)See more »

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Too Many, Too Much, Too Little, 21 January 2007
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

This has an excellent cast. It begins well. And it's not by any means terrible.

It seems forced after a while, though. We get the idea way before it's been resolved.

My objection is not based on the movie's similarity to the more familiar "My Favorite Wife." Much as I love Irene Dunne and like Cary Grant, and love them in "The Awful Truth," that movie has always seemed mean and smug to me.

Jean Arthur looks pretty in "Too Many Husband" but she doesn't exactly have the usual Jean Arthur charm. At least I didn't find her to. Fred MacMurray is fine as her jock first husband. And this sort of chic comedy was catnip to the always charming Melvyn Douglas.

Harry Davenport contributes a whole lot, too. He plays Arthur's father. It's clear that he loves her and likes both men but has no patience for anyone's dawdling or neuroses.

It's a decent movie but if it's your first exposure to Jean Arthur, by all means give her some more tries. "The More The Merrier," of course, is sublime. I haven't seen "Easy Living" in ages but remember it as a joy. And she is very charming in "History Is Made At Night" -- as well as in many, many movies spanning several decades.

It's so great to have her back on the small screen!

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