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Move Over, Darling (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 December 1963 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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 she is swept off the lifeboat she is on. Her body is not recovered. Fast forward five years. Nicky, wanting now 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 asked the Navy not to publicize her rescue or notify Nicky as she wanted to do so herself. Upon arrival back home, a shocked Grace Arden, Nicky's mother, informs Ellen that ... Written by Huggo

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When Bianca is helping Nicholas out of the car and into the house (Nicholas pretending to have hurt his back), the jacket Bianca is wearing is the same pattern/material as one of Marilyn Monroe's dresses from Something's Got to Give (1962) - (on which this film's script is based). See more »

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When Ellen fumes and leaves her Monterey hotel room, she opens the door and then returns to pick up a forgotten item (jacket, purse), leaving the door ajar. However, when the camera angle changes and she's walking towards the hotel room door to leave, the door is now closed. See more »

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Nicholas Arden: Are you out of your mind?
Grace Arden: Just a little. I can't quite seem to adjust; two daughters-in-law for only one son.
Nicholas Arden: Well, as long as you had only one, why'd it have to be me?
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played as part of the score when James Garner and Polly Bergen arrive at the hotel
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Doris Day at her zaniest!
19 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really like this Doris Day flick. Doris does more slapstick in this feature than all her other movies put together. James Garner thinks Doris has been dead for 5 years. He is now on his honeymoon with new wife Polly Bergen and guess who shows up after being rescued off a deserted island? You got it. Doris hilariously ruins the honeymoon (this was when couples waited until the honeymoon to make love, YEAH RIGHT!) Anyway, Polly is quite frustrated not getting any action from James Garner. Several scenes are classics. especially when Doris poses as a Swedish Masseur and practically beats Polly to a pulp. The best scene of all is watching Doris drive a brand new 1963 Imperial Conv. into a car wash and then accidentally putting the top down.

Don Knotts makes a funny cameo as a randy shoe salesman and Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction) is funny as a surly Court Judge. Thelma Ritter is always funny and she is up to par here. This movie was apparently re-worked for Doris Day after the death of Marilyn Monroe who was essentially filming the same movie when she died. Even the sets were basically the same. I guess 20th Century Fox needed the money after the Liz Taylor fiasco "Cleopatra" almost put them in bankruptcy. Overall, a very cute, sexy (for the era) funny movie. They don't make cute movies like this anymore. Too bad.


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