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Move Over, Darling (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1963 (USA)
After five years lost at sea, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband remarries.

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Judge Bryson
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District Attorney
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Room Service Waiter
Pami Lee ...
Jenny Arden
Leslie Farrell ...
Didi Arden
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Storyline

Three years into their loving marriage, with two infant daughters at home in Los Angeles, Nicholas Arden and Ellen Wagstaff Arden are on a plane that goes down in the South Pacific. Although most passengers manage to survive the incident, Ellen presumably perishes when swept off her lifeboat, her body never recovered. Fast forward five years. Nicky, wanting to move on with his life, has Ellen declared legally dead. Part of that moving on includes getting remarried, this time to a young woman named Bianca Steele, who, for their honeymoon, he plans to take to the same Monterey resort where he and Ellen spent their honeymoon. On that very same day, Ellen is dropped off in Los Angeles by the Navy, who rescued her from the South Pacific island where she was stranded for the past five years. She asks the Navy not to publicize her rescue nor notify Nicky as she wants to do so herself. Upon arrival back home, a shocked Grace Arden (Nicky's mother) informs Ellen that Nicky just got remarried ... Written by Huggo

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It's sheer bedlam from morning 'til night ... ! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Something's Gotta Give  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,350,000 (estimated)
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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Doris Day wrote in her 1975 autobiography that because of her cracked ribs, she was so mummified with tape and bandages under her costumes it was difficult to breathe and painful to laugh. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen is in the car wash, she pushes some buttons. It is obvious that the audio is unsynchronized. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas Arden: [describing Ellen's memorial service] There wasn't a dry eye in the congregation.
Ellen Wagstaff Arden: Oh, gosh, I wish I'd been there.
Nicholas Arden: I-if you had been there, there wouldn't have been a service.
Ellen Wagstaff Arden: Oh. That's right.
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Connections

Remake of Something's Got to Give (1962) See more »

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Twinkle Lullaby
Music and lyrics by Joe Lubin
Sung by Doris Day to her children
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Great mid-century classic
19 September 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie epitomizes the blind optimism of the mid-century era. Its one of the perfect movies for Vintage and Mid-Century collectors. This is a remake of the uncompleted Marilyn Monroe/Dean Martin version (which is available in its

incomplete form in the Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection) The Monroe

version wasn't finished because she died during filming after many on set

problems, it was slated to be finished ans just before filming she died! Having seen the monroe version and this as well, I have to say both are great in their own ways, the shots are almost identical, the dialogue as well, but casting

makes all the difference! The Day/Garner version has a much more wholesome/ happy vibe to it that for me is the hallmark of movies of the Mid-century era. You half expect to hear someone say "golly gee willikers"! or something corny like that. Doris Day delivers a performance that only Day can and Garner is the

unsung hero of this kind of genre movie, he had great comic timing, he was

dashing and personable without ever coming off as too sleazy or smarmy. I

really ache to see this one on DVD, especially if they are kind enough to include some fantastic extras!!!


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