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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:
Not quite a great comedy 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)

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  (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Not quite a great comedy, 24 February 2011
Author: vincentlynch-moonoi from United States

Yes, on the surface there are distinct similarities to "My Favorite Wife", and the Cary Grant film would probably get the nod here if there were a competition. But, in and of itself, this is a good film with solid laughs. I've always thought that Fred MacMurray deserves more credit than he gets nowadays for what was a fine career as an actor in both comedies and dramas (although I think he was better in, for example, "The Egg And I". But, as the lost and sea and presumed dead husband who returns only to find that his wife, Jean Arthur (really good in this film) is married to best friend and business associate Melvyn Douglas (who is utterly charming here). Arthur's character must choose which husband to dump...the crux of the plot...which goes on a bit too long...why can't she make up her mind. Both husbands are portrayed as being rather charming, and perhaps that's the reason she has trouble deciding. I'll bet most people would have been rooting for Melvyn Douglas' character, but guess what -- at the end of the film you're not sure who she's going to select -- a rather unsatisfying conclusion from my perspective. It's a bit too much of a drawing room (or bedroom) comedy...clearly it was adapted from a stage effort, but the closing party scene is nice...would have also worked well earlier in the film to break-up so much of the action taking place in the home. Perhaps it's supporting actor Harry Davenport (the doctor in GWTW) who really shines in this flick as the father of the Jean Arthur character; he's always a great addition to any film, but gets more play here and really excels. A good film comedy, but not memorable.

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