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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.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Hal Kanter (screenplay), Jack Sher (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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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 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 Monterey 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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It's sheer bedlam from morning 'til night ... ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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)

Gross USA:

$12,705,882, 31 December 1963
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film became the sixth-biggest moneymaker of 1964. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, Grace offers to make Ellen a drink. Ellen quips, "You know very well, I don't drink". Later, poolside just before we meet Steve, Nick asks Ellen if she would like a scotch. After three years of marriage, Nick should know Ellen doesn't drink. See more »

Quotes

Bianca Steele: Oh, you are such a comfort, doctor. You know, I truly believe the most vital relationship a woman can establish is not between man and wife. It's the relationship between a woman and her analyst. Don't you agree, Dr. Schlick?
Dr. Herman Schlick: Call me Herman.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Twinkle Lullaby
Music and lyrics by Joe Lubin
Sung by Doris Day to her children
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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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