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Too Many Husbands (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 March 1940 (USA)
Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky remarried...and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screen play), W. Somerset Maugham (based upon the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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It's been a year since Bill Cardew was declared dead by drowning, and his widow Vicky is now married to his old friend and business partner, Henry Lowndes. When Bill unexpectedly returns from the island where he was marooned, what is Vicky to do? Well, having twice been a rather neglected wife, Vicky finds all the attention from two husbands competing for her favors delightful, and is in no hurry to make a decision...much to the discomfiture of hapless Bill and Henry. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wesley Ruggles' Too Many Husbands See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A 1955 musical remake titled Three for the Show (1955) starred Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon as the missing husband and Gower Champion as second husband. See more »

Quotes

Henry Lowndes: Are you trying to tell me that you didn't love me, that you married me just because I was so kind?
Bill Cardew: She's telling me what kind of a rat you were, taking advantage of a helpless widow.
Henry Lowndes: There, you said it yourself. If you call her a widow, that proves that even you thought you were dead.
Bill Cardew: I'll show you how dead I am.
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My Man
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Music by Maurice Yvain
French lyrics by Jacques Charles and Albert Willemetz
English lyrics by Channing Pollock
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What a concept
20 January 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Though one might suspect "Too Many Husbands" as being in the same vein as "My Favorite Wife," it's actually based on a Somerset Maugham play. The stars of this 1940 film are Jean Arthur, Melvyn Douglas, Fred MacMurray and Harry Davenport. After her first husband, Bill Cardew (MacMurray) was lost at sea, his grieving, lonely widow Vicky marries his friend and business partner, Henry Lowndes (Douglas) six months later. Boy is she surprised when Bill shows up alive. So is her new husband and her father (Davenport). It then falls to the confused Vicky to decide which husband she wants.

This is a very amusing comedy with terrific performances from all the stars. Melvyn Douglas, one of the truly great American actors, had to do this type of film until he finally reached old age and could show the world how sensational he was. He's very funny, his voice cracking when he's upset. The men act like quarreling children, playing games of oneupmanship and chasing Vicky everywhere. Seeing the frilly guest room, Bill questions Henry's effeminate taste. "What's this fabric?" Bill asks, holding up a piece of curtain. "DOTTED SWISS!" Henry yells in a booming voice. In another scene, Bill impresses Vicky by jumping over furniture, causing Henry to give it a try. He falls flat on his face. Arthur does an excellent job as a somewhat dizzy woman who loves both men, and Davenport is a riot as her sober-faced, worried father. MacMurray has always seemed bland to me, but he holds his own as the returning husband who's been stranded on an island for a year.

Much better than I thought it would be, and Arthur fans will love it.


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