Too Many Husbands
|Too Many Husbands|
1940 Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Wesley Ruggles|
|Written by||W. Somerset Maugham (play, Home and Beauty, 1923)
|Running time||84 minutes|
Too Many Husbands (released in the United Kingdom as My Two Husbands) is a 1940 romantic comedy film about a woman who loses her husband in a boating accident and remarries, only to have her first spouse reappear—yet another variation on the poem "Enoch Arden". The film stars Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas, and is based on the 1919 play Home and Beauty by W. Somerset Maugham, which was retitled to Too Many Husbands when it came to New York. The movie was directed by Wesley Ruggles.
Remade in 1955 as Three for the Show, a musical comedy staring Betty Grable, Jack Lemon, Marge and Gower Champion.
Vicky Lowndes (Jean Arthur) loses her first husband, Bill Cardew (Fred MacMurray), in a boating accident in which he is presumed drowned. The lonely widow is comforted by Bill's best friend and publishing business partner Henry Lowndes (Melvyn Douglas). Six months later, she marries him. Six months after that, Bill shows up, having been stranded on a uninhabited island. Vicky has a tough choice to make.
- Jean Arthur as Vicky Lowndes
- Fred MacMurray as Bill Cardew
- Melvyn Douglas as Henry Lowndes
- Harry Davenport as George, Vicky's father
- Dorothy Peterson as Gertrude Houlihan
- Melville Cooper as Peter, the Lowndes' butler
- Edgar Buchanan as Detective Adolph McDermott
- Tom Dugan as Lieutenant Sullivan
- Mordden, Ethan (2007). All That Glittered: The Golden Age of Drama on Broadway, 1919-1959. New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-312-33898-5.
- "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
- Too Many Husbands at the Internet Movie Database
- Too Many Husbands at the TCM Movie Database
- Too Many Husbands at AllMovie
- My Favorite Wife, another 1940 film, in which it is the wife (played by Irene Dunne) who returns, just as her husband (Cary Grant) embarks on his honeymoon.
- Move Over, Darling, the 1963 remake of My Favorite Wife, starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen.
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