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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 »

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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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Budget:

$3,350,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Arden home was located on Wyton Drive and South Mapleton in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the house shown was later torn down to make room for a larger house. See more »

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Nick asks the judge to turn from page 4 to 7 in the brief. When the judge says "Here it is: page 7," he has turned over only two (one-sided) pages and would actually be on 6. (And just before he does this, the number of already-overturned pages differs from one camera angle to the other.) See more »

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Judge Bryson: Well, are you gonna answer the question or is she going to talk for you the rest of your life?
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Think Of The Potential
17 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Move Over Darling with James Garner and Doris Day which is a remake of the RKO classic My Favorite Wife is probably better known for being the end result of the disaster known as Something's Gotta Give. That of course is Marilyn Monroe's legendary last film that she never finished.

Looking over the cast of the unfinished Something's Gotta Give I have to say though I don't think it would have been Monroe's greatest film, the rest of the cast was pretty good. When 20th Century Fox fired Marilyn, Dean Martin also quit and the whole film was scrapped. At that point it was just decided to redo the whole thing with an entire new cast and apparently no one survived the change.

I also imagine that a serious rewrite would have to be done in order that a role originally cast for Marilyn Monroe could fit Doris Day. Seeing Doris on the screen I can't imagine that Chuck Connors or in Marilyn's case, Tom Tryon, would have been unsuccessfully trying to catch her on a desert island for five years.

The story as originally written by Sam and Bella Spewack has James Garner going to court to get his first wife, missing for five years after a forced ocean landing, declared legally dead. He wants to marry Polly Bergen. But wouldn't you know it, a Navy submarine rescues Doris Day at just that time and when she hears about Garner's new bride, it's Doris off to spoil that honeymoon.

Polly Bergen was just great as the picture of sexual frustration on that honeymoon. Although I can certainly see Cyd Charisse in that same spot with Dean Martin.

Edgar Buchanan is great as the crusty judge who declares Doris legally dead the first time and then has all the parties and then some in court to try and untangle things. That role was supposed to go to John McGiver and certainly those two would have been different types.

It goes that way up and down the cast list, Don Knotts substituting for Wally Cox as the timid shoe salesman Doris has impersonate Chuck Connors so Garner won't be jealous. And I can't see much difference with Phil Silvers as opposed to John Astin as the smarmy insurance man.

One thing I did notice is that there was no equivalent parts in Something's Gotta Give for Fred Clark the hotel manager and Thelma Ritter as Garner's mother. My guess is that whoever was supposed to play those roles may never have got on camera because there was no way to shoot around them.

I suppose the best thing to do is not speculate, but enjoy the funny comedy that did come out of all the grief 20th Century Fox had with this film.

Certainly only Doris Day could convince you that in five years she never succumbed to Chuck Connors.


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