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Too Many Husbands (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 March 1940 (USA)
Long-missing Bill Cardew returns to find his wife Vicky remarried...and in no hurry to settle for just one husband.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screen play), W. Somerset Maugham (based upon the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Vicky Lowndes
Fred MacMurray ... Bill Cardew
Melvyn Douglas ... Henry Lowndes
Harry Davenport ... George
Dorothy Peterson ... Gertrude Houlihan
Melville Cooper ... Peter
Edgar Buchanan ... McDermott
Tom Dugan ... Sullivan
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Storyline

It's been a year since Bill Cardew was declared dead by drowning, and his widow Vicky is now married to his old friend and business partner, Henry Lowndes. When Bill unexpectedly returns from the island where he was marooned, what is Vicky to do? Well, having twice been a rather neglected wife, Vicky finds all the attention from two husbands competing for her favors delightful, and is in no hurry to make a decision...much to the discomfiture of hapless Bill and Henry. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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TWO'S COMPANY...THREE'S ILLEGAL! (original 6-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wesley Ruggles' Too Many Husbands See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Arthur's need to be photographed from the left side, particularly in the close-ups, is more than usually apparent in this film. See more »

Quotes

Henry Lowndes: What are you whispering?
Vicky Lowndes: I wasn't whispering.
Bill Cardew: I was showing her where a barracuda bit me.
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Connections

Referenced in The Alchemist in Hollywood (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Sung a bit by Fred MacMurray and hummed by Dave Willock
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Neither husband wanted her (originally)
20 April 2007 | by rhoda-1See all my reviews

The problem with this movie is that it keeps only the original premise of the play (Home and Beauty, 1918) by Somerset Maugham--that a man who has been presumed dead returns home to find his wife has remarried. In the play the comedy derived from the fact that neither husband wanted the wife and each kept trying to out-noble the other and step aside. (The wife is very pretty and charming, but each husband has been married to her long enough to discover that she is selfish and vain.) At the end of the play the wife married a third man, who did not know her well enough to know her true character. In a movie, however, one could hardly have a heroine whom both male leads disowned, so one is left only with the clumsy and repetitious jokes of one woman, two husbands, and which one will she pick.


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