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Move Over, Darling (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1963 (USA)
After having been lost at sea for several years, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband has remarried.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Hal Kanter (screenplay), Jack Sher (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Ellen Wagstaff Arden
James Garner ... Nicholas Arden
Polly Bergen ... Bianca Steele Arden
Thelma Ritter ... Grace Arden
Fred Clark ... Mr. Codd (Hotel Manager)
Don Knotts ... Shoe Clerk
Elliott Reid ... Dr. Herman Schlick
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Bryson
John Astin ... Clyde Prokey
Pat Harrington Jr. ... District Attorney
Eddie Quillan ... Bellboy
Max Showalter ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Alvy Moore ... Room Service Waiter
Pami Lee Pami Lee ... Jenny Arden
Leslie Farrell 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 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 Ellen's arrival back home, a shocked Grace Arden, Nicky's mother, informs Ellen ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

She's married to him...he's married to her...and...it's...sheer...bedlam...from...morning...'til night! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Martin Melcher, Doris Day's husband and manager at the time this film was made, was well known in the film business for "cutting deals on the side." As one of this film's producers, Melcher struck a bargain with Chrysler Corporation to ensure that every vehicle clearly seen in the film was a Chrysler product. If you pay attention during the sequence in which Day goes through a car wash, you may notice that every car heading into the car wash, including the Imperial convertible driven by Day, is a Chrysler of one brand or another. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which Nick is watching Adam perform on the trampoline, the couple in the corner directly behind him get up and leave their table three different times. 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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Connections

Remake of My Favorite Wife (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Move Over, Darling
Music and Lyrics by Joe Lubin, Hal Kanter and Terry Melcher
Sung by Doris Day and chorus during the opening credits
Played as background music at the end
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User Reviews

James Garner is sooo hot and Doris shines as usual!
11 August 1999 | by JLB-4See all my reviews

Despite my not being around when this was released, (I am 14) James Garner is really a dish. I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was done in a way you don't see anymore. James and Doris look so cute together. I really liked the story and am hoping to see the original with Cary Grant/Irene Dunne. I especially have a place in my heart for Doris Day's 60's comedies and I rank this with the best of them. I love the car wash scene...It was so cute. And Doris's and James's jealousies at what they had been doing when they were away, (just the measures they took), just was funny. If you wanna feel good, watch this movie!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something's Gotta Give See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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