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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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Jenny Arden
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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 Monterrey 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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She's married to him...he's married to her...and...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  »

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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

The hotel used as the Monterey hotel, where Nick Arden goes with Bianca (and to which he'd first gone when he married Ellen) is actually the Beverly Hills Hotel. As such, it's not on the ocean's edge (Beverly Hills is several miles inland). The long-shot of the hotel with the ocean (and the incorrectly 'setting sun' - see 'goofs' about that) in the background are a matte shot. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen wants to phone the house, the operator gives her the number. Later, Bianca gives her psychiatrist a different number. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas Arden: [muttering as he walks through the hotel lobby] My wife is alive. My wife is alive. My wife is alive.
Seymour: So's mine, buddy. That's why I drink!
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Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer (1862)
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Music by Stephen Foster
Played as background music as James Garner describes the memorial service for Doris Day
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The perfect feel good movie!
9 January 2005 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

This is the perfect Sunday morning movie. It is absolutely delightful with a spectacular cast that even the least devoted movie buff will recognize. The primary actors, Doris Day, James Garner, Thelma Ritter, Polly Bergen, and Don Knotts are comic masters at the very peak of their talents. Aside from Doris Day's genius, Thelma Ritter pulls off another jem as Garner's mother. Thelma Ritter is in my honest opinion, the best character actress that Hollywood has ever produced, and is allowed to perform her many talents with minimal intrusions by other actors or the movies editors. If you love Doris Day, admire great comedy movies, or just need a little entertainment, this is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours!


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