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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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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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Something's Gotta Give  »

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The Arden's house - which was originally built for Something's Got To Give - is a (very accurate) recreation of 'Something's' director's home; George Cukor. There were some slight changes between it's use in 'Something,' and here in Move Over, Darling' most notably the pool's perimeter was painted, and also as Ellen (Doris Day) first walks to the pool area, the house (on the left side) has a (far back) door, and a 2nd door, and some shrubs. When it was in 'Something,' the shrubs were actually an open-sided space, with part of the house's upper-stories overhanging it. See more »

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With Nicky as passenger, Ellen drives his car to a particular hotel. Being a lawyer and knowing Ellen has been away from civilization for five years with no time to renew her driver's license, Nick should full-well know he's libel for allowing her, an unlicensed driver, behind the wheel of his car and, therefore, not allow it (especially as he wants to guarantee getting her to the right hotel to "accidentally" run into Stephen Burkett). See more »

Quotes

Ellen Wagstaff Arden: Don't take advantage of me just because I'm a woman.
Nicholas Arden: You're my wife.
Ellen Wagstaff Arden: One of them.
Nicholas Arden: Yeah. Hey, I really have to do something about that.
Ellen Wagstaff Arden: Yes.
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Connections

References My Favorite Wife (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer (1862)
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played as background music as James Garner describes the memorial service for Doris Day
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Let's not forget it's over 40 years old.....
25 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I had never seen this movie but once I saw the cast, I new it had to be at least acceptable (it turned out to be much better than that). Each actor was skilled in either movie or television and the delivery of most of the comedic lines were as professional as can be. Doris Day, as a whole, is so underrated and rarely mentioned in discussions of fine actresses, when she should be. Whether it be good drama or good comedy, both are difficult and she fills the part extremely well. As for Garner, yes Grant has big shoes to fill but his presence is strongly felt. All of the others are just fantastic, all the way to Chuck Conners, in the roles they play. As a side note Maverick (Garner) meets the Rifleman (Conners).


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