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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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,705,882, 31 December 1963
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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

The exterior front of the house where James Garner lives in this film is an actual Holmby Hills residence, and was later used as Joan Crawford's Beverly Hills mansion in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest. See more »

Goofs

In the final swimming pool scene, the toy life preserver floats at differing points around the Styrofoam boat. See more »

Quotes

District Attorney: Your Honor, in effort to expedite matters in this somewhat unusual hearing, we pray decisions on a number of legal actions filed concurrently, all of which are components of one basic familial disturbance.
Judge Bryson: [bemoaning] Sounds like something The Court of Appeals is gonna reverse me on already.
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Referenced in The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009) See more »

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Twinkle Lullaby
Music and lyrics by Joe Lubin
Sung by Doris Day to her children
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Doris Day at her zaniest!
19 February 2003 | by HoohawnaynaySee all my reviews

I really like this Doris Day flick. Doris does more slapstick in this feature than all her other movies put together. James Garner thinks Doris has been dead for 5 years. He is now on his honeymoon with new wife Polly Bergen and guess who shows up after being rescued off a deserted island? You got it. Doris hilariously ruins the honeymoon (this was when couples waited until the honeymoon to make love, YEAH RIGHT!) Anyway, Polly is quite frustrated not getting any action from James Garner. Several scenes are classics. especially when Doris poses as a Swedish Masseur and practically beats Polly to a pulp. The best scene of all is watching Doris drive a brand new 1963 Imperial Conv. into a car wash and then accidentally putting the top down.

Don Knotts makes a funny cameo as a randy shoe salesman and Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction) is funny as a surly Court Judge. Thelma Ritter is always funny and she is up to par here. This movie was apparently re-worked for Doris Day after the death of Marilyn Monroe who was essentially filming the same movie when she died. Even the sets were basically the same. I guess 20th Century Fox needed the money after the Liz Taylor fiasco "Cleopatra" almost put them in bankruptcy. Overall, a very cute, sexy (for the era) funny movie. They don't make cute movies like this anymore. Too bad.


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