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My Favorite Wife (1940) Poster

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Cary Grant and Randolph Scott, who play rivals in this film, lived on and off together for twelve years from 1932 to 1944.
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Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "Enoch Arden," about a fisherman presumed lost at sea who returns to find his wife remarried, was the basis of five prior films: Enoch Arden (1914), Die Toten kehren wieder - Enoch Arden (1919), and D.W. Griffith's Enoch Arden: Part I (1911), Enoch Arden: Part II (1911), and Enoch Arden (1915). Those films adhered to Tennyson's poem. But in My Favorite Wife, Something's Got to Give (1962), and Move Over, Darling (1963), only the basic idea of a spouse who returns is kept, with the spouse presumed lost now being the wife. However, in all of these films, the surname of the couple in question remains "Arden."
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Leo McCarey was supposed to direct the film, but shortly before the filming began he was injured in an automobile accident, and had to hand over the direction to Garson Kanin. Actress Gail Patrick has stated that the severity of McCarey's injuries had an effect on the film's cast, and they found it very difficult to enter into the spirit of the comedy with the serious hospital bulletins they were hearing.
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The hotel in the mountains is clearly meant to be the AhWahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Its kitchen has won prizes and they serve an elaborate Christmas dinner, but it's expensive and you need to book about a year in advance.
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Second of three movies that paired Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
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This very movie and plot is mentioned in dialogue by Doris Day's character in the near-remake "Move over, Darling".
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"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Tuesday, December 7th, 1950 with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne reprising their film roles.
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Cary Grant wears a leopard print smoking jacket throughout much of the last third of the film. Two years earlier, he had co-starred in the immensely popular Bringing Up Baby (1938) in which the titular character is a leopard.
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Nick Arden (Cary Grant) drives a 1940 Buick convertible.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Sunday, March 23rd, 1941 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Saturday, November 12th, 1945 with Gail Patrick reprising her film role.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Monday, December 9th, 1940 with Gail Patrick reprising her film role.
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Several performers listed in studio records as being in this movie "My Favorite Wife (1940)" could not be seen. These were, with their character names if any: Joseph E. Bernard, Edward Emerson and Bruce MacFarlane (Reporters), Frank Marlowe (Photographer), Cyril Ring (Contestant), Brandon Tynan (Dr. Manning) and Frank Ellis.
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Gail Patrick, who plays Grant's bride Bianca here, later abandoned acting and eventually served as a producer on the long-running Raymond Burr series Perry Mason.
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It is odd that when Ellen shows up, she is dropped off by someone driving a delivery truck. No one from customs or the shipping company has helped her get home, nor has she sent a message by the wireless, which was practically universal in use to send telegrams. It is also odd that she says she hasn't had a hot shower or bath "for years" when hot water showers are common (necessary and easily accomplished on a ship with boilers). This can't be her first shower, she must have had one on the rescue boat.
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The Date of Release (USA), Friday, May 17th, 1940, was five days after 1940's Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th, 1940.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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In addition to the 1963 Doris Day/James Garner remake Move Over, Darling, this film's script also served as the basis for Marilyn Monroe's final, unfinished project, Something's Got to Give. That version featured Dean Martin in the Cary Grant role, and Cyd Charisse as the second wife. Some of the sets built for that version were "re-purposed" for the Day/Garner film, after production on the Monroe/Martin movie was shut down due to Marilyn's chronic tardiness, and eventually abandoned when Monroe died in August of 1962.
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