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Too Many Husbands
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Director:
Writers:
Claude Binyon (screen play by)
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:
A Woman in Power 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 by)

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 (art direction)
 
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:
This film is a variation of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem "Enoch Arden." In both the poem and the film, a husband is shipwrecked and presumed dead, only to return home to find his wife involved with a man he used to know.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Alchemist in Hollywood (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mon Homme (My Man)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Woman in Power, 5 October 2007
Author: Maliejandra Kay (Maleejandra@yahoo.com) from United States

Vicky Lowndes (Jean Arthur) leads a normal life with her husband of less than a year. Hank (Melvyn Douglas) does his best to avoid the subject of Vicky's previous husband, his best friend Bill Cardew (Fred MacMurray). However, when Bill comes back from the dead via a boat from the island he'd been shipwrecked on, the happy Lowndeses become a strange threesome. It is up to Vicky to choose which husband she prefers, but it isn't as simple as it sounds. She can't very well hurt the man she loves in order to be with the other man she loves.

Each cast member is adept at screwball comedy, which is what this film essentially is. However, there is a deeper vein too. Because both men are likable, it is suspenseful waiting for Vicky to choose a husband. This predicament triggers an emotional response as well. Arthur is reminiscent of Irene Dunne in her teamings with Cary Grant, but slightly funnier. Douglas and MacMurray couldn't be more different from each other, so that adds a new spin on the situation.

This movie is very much like My Favorite Wife starring Dunne and the incomplete Something's Got to Give starring Marilyn Monroe, but this film gives the wife two husbands, not the other way around. It is interesting to see how she handles the situation and how the men schmooze themselves silly to get into her good graces. In this way, it is quite a bit funnier.

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