American couple Janet and Mike move to England for his business. She soon becomes paranoid that he is having an affair with his attractive secretary, and decides to get back at him by pretending she herself has been unfaithful.
Jane Osgood runs a lobster business, which supports her two young children. Railroad staff inattention ruins her shipment, so with her lawyer George, Jane sues Harry Foster Malone, director of the line and the "meanest man in the world".
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
This film is loosely based on Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem "Enoch Arden." In the poem, a husband is shipwrecked and presumed dead, only to return home to find his wife involved with a man he used to know. In this film the roles of husband and wife are reversed. The poem also served as the source material for My Favorite Wife (1940), the film of which this is a remake, as well as another box office hit of 1940, Too Many Husbands (1940). See more »
When Nicholas is chasing Ellen in the car after leaving the hotel, they speed through a car dealership. Cars flee the building to allow Ellen to pass through without accident. Once Ellen's gone, the cars back into the store only to drive out again to allow Nick's pursuing taxi safe passage. The scene is spliced together rather than done in one shot, as evidenced by a green car parked streetside in the background that suddenly disappears before the taxi drives through. See more »
Is it wrong to consider it one of my favourite Doris Day films?
As a big fan of Doris Day, I loved Move Over Darling. My Favourite Wife is often compared to this film, but I personally prefer this film. Move Over Darling is funny, charming and without a wasted scene. The film looks fabulous, with beautiful cinematography and fresh-looking scenery, while the soundtrack is bright and breezy. Then there is an engaging story, a witty and charming script and professional direction.
Not only that there is some fine acting in this film. I have always loved Doris Day, not only as a talented singer but as a fresh and endearing actress, and she is lovely in Move Over Darling, and James Garner as always is immensely likable. While Polly Bergen and Chuck Connors give perfect support as the other woman and the hunk marooned with Day, it is the delightful Thelma Ritter who steals the show as Day's outspoken mother-in-law.
Overall, one of my favourite Doris Day films, and a film that is warm, witty and charming. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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