Too Many Husbands

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Too Many Husbands
Too Many Husbands - 1940 Poster.png
1940 Theatrical Poster
Directed by Wesley Ruggles
Written by W. Somerset Maugham (play, Home and Beauty, 1923)
Claude Binyon
Starring Jean Arthur
Fred MacMurray
Melvyn Douglas
Release dates
  • March 21, 1940 (1940-03-21)
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Film Title Card

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.[1] 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.



John P. Livadary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording.[2]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-13. 

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