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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:
Best of the three 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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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:
A 1955 musical remake titled Three For The Show starred Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon as the missing husband and Gower Champion as second husband.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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Best of the three, 24 June 2007
Author: liscarkat from Redlands, California

"Too Many Husbands" impressed me as the best of the three main versions of this plot (the others being "My Favorite Wife" and "Move Over Darling"). Only in "Too Many Husbands" did I get a distinct sense of the terrible dilemma faced by the spouse who has to make a choice. This is because in this version alone are the two competing spouses portrayed as equally worthy, charming, and attractive by actors who were close to one another in those qualities, as well as in their respective levels of stardom at the time the film was made. In both "My Favorite Wife" and "Move Over Darling", it is quite clear, from the portrayal of one of the competing spouses and from the casting of a lesser star in the role, whom we are supposed to be rooting for. Not so in "Too Many Husbands". Douglas and MacMurray are very near equals in star power and in the way their characters are written and portrayed. Unlike the other two films, this results in as real a conflict for the viewer as it does for Jean Arthur's character. Unfortunately, it also results in the movie's weakest point--the ending (or lack of one). The dilemma was apparently so strong that the film makers themselves were unable to decide. After having Arthur's character seemingly make her choice, they tacked on a rather strange ambiguous ending suggesting that the "losing" husband might still have a chance. The effect is a non-ending that suggests the film makers couldn't make up their minds, so they just turned off the camera.

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