Move Over, Darling ()

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After having been lost at sea for several years, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband has remarried.

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Ellen Wagstaff Arden
Nicholas Arden
Bianca Steele Arden
Grace Arden
Mr. Codd (Hotel Manager)
Shoe Clerk
Dr. Herman Schlick
Judge Bryson
Clyde Prokey
District Attorney
Hotel Desk Clerk
Room Service Waiter
Pami Lee ...
Jenny Arden
Leslie Farrell ...
Didi Arden
Stephen Burkett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Baya ...
Doorman (uncredited)
Department Store Employee (uncredited)
Lawyer in Courtroom (uncredited)
Joel Collins ...
Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Ranking Seaman (uncredited)
Bing Davidson ...
Ensign (uncredited)
Seaman (uncredited)
Seymour's Wife (uncredited)
Kelton Garwood ...
Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Mary George ...
Hotel Maid (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Bailiff (uncredited)
Sid Gould ...
Waiter at Pool (uncredited)
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Ted Jacques ...
Pool Attendant (uncredited)
Robert Locke Lorraine ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Edward McNally ...
Commander (uncredited)
Stock Clerk (uncredited)
Process Server (uncredited)
Pat Moran ...
Seymour (uncredited)
Karen Norris ...
Salesgirl (uncredited)
Jack Orrison ...
Bartender (uncredited)
James Patridge ...
Skipper (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Officer (uncredited)
Edward Rickard ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Sheila Rogers ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Floorwalker (uncredited)
Rachel Romen ...
Injured Man's Wife (uncredited)
Jack Sahakian ...
Executive Officer (uncredited)
Poolside Lounger (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Court Clerk (uncredited)
Brad Trumbull ...
Process Server (uncredited)
Maria (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Gordon

Written by

Hal Kanter ... (screenplay) and
Jack Sher ... (screenplay)
Bella Spewack ... (based on a screenplay by) and
Sam Spewack ... (based on a screenplay by) (as Samuel Spewack)
Bella Spewack ... (story) and
Sam Spewack ... (story) (as Samuel Spewack) and
Leo McCarey ... (story)

Produced by

Martin Melcher ... producer
Aaron Rosenberg ... producer

Music by

Lionel Newman

Cinematography by

Daniel L. Fapp

Film Editing by

Robert L. Simpson ... (as Robert Simpson)

Art Direction by

Hilyard M. Brown ... (as Hilyard Brown)
Jack Martin Smith

Set Decoration by

Paul S. Fox
Walter M. Scott

Costume Design by

Moss Mabry

Makeup Department

Margaret Donovan ... hair styles supervisor
Barbara Lampson ... hair styles supervisor
George Masters ... hair stylist: Miss Day
Ben Nye ... makeup artist

Production Management

Gaston Glass ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ad Schaumer ... assistant director

Art Department

Glenn 'Skippy' Delfino ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

Alfred Bruzlin ... sound effects editor
Elmer Raguse ... sound (as Elmer R. Raguse)

Visual Effects by

L.B. Abbott ... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. ... special photographic effects


Loren Janes ... stunt double: Chuck Conners (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Jack Brown ... gaffer (uncredited)
Walter Fitchman ... grip (uncredited)
James Knott ... camera operator (uncredited)
James Mitchell ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Marjorie Plecher ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Mickey Sherrard ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

Warren Barker ... orchestrator
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator
Lionel Newman ... conductor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Dolores Rubin ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Carl Shain ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 that Nicky just got married that morning and that she, as his true wife as opposed to Bianca being his bride, should go to Monterrey to tell Nicky she's alive. She does so. Although Nicky is equally as shocked as his mother was when he sees Ellen for the first time, it places him in a difficult position. Although he loves Ellen and wants more than anything to be with her, he has Bianca's feelings to take into consideration. As such, he finds it difficult to tell Bianca, who is in a honeymoon amorous mood. Nicky's inability to tell Bianca irks Ellen, who believes it is a manifestation of his love for Bianca over her. Nicky, however, ends up with questions of his own about Ellen's faithfulness and love for him when he learns that Ellen was not all alone on that island but with a handsome man named Stephen Burkett, the two who pet nicknamed each other Adam and Eve. Nicky's questions about her faithfulness increase when she purposefully withholds information about Stephen from him. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Something's Gotta Give (United States)
  • Pousse-toi, chérie (France)
  • Eine zuviel im Bett (Germany)
  • Apártate, cariño (Spain)
  • O andras tis einai dikos mou (Greece)
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  • 103 min
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Budget $3,350,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The movie Ellen (Doris Day) describes to Bianca (Polly Bergen) while giving her a massage is My Favorite Wife (1940), of which this is a remake. See more »
Goofs When Ellen is in the hotel room with Nick, in mid-scene, her wig changes. Obviously, the scene was shot more than once with different hair and then spliced together. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Doris Day: It's Magic (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Move Over, Darling See more »
Quotes Judge Bryson: [to Nick] You mean your own mother charged you with bigamy?
Grace Arden: I certainly did.
Judge Bryson: I hope you remember this on Mother's Day.
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