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Move Over, Darling (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 December 1963 (USA)
After having been lost at sea for several years, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband has remarried.

Director:

Michael Gordon

Writers:

Hal Kanter (screenplay), Jack Sher (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris Day ... Ellen Wagstaff Arden
James Garner ... Nicholas Arden
Polly Bergen ... Bianca Steele Arden
Thelma Ritter ... Grace Arden
Fred Clark ... Mr. Codd (Hotel Manager)
Don Knotts ... Shoe Clerk
Elliott Reid ... Dr. Herman Schlick
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Bryson
John Astin ... Clyde Prokey
Pat Harrington Jr. ... District Attorney
Eddie Quillan ... Bellboy
Max Showalter ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Alvy Moore ... Room Service Waiter
Pami Lee Pami Lee ... Jenny Arden
Leslie Farrell Leslie Farrell ... Didi Arden
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Storyline

A remake of My Favourite Wife, originally begin filming with Marilyn Monroe as Something's For To Give. After having not found his wife, Ellen, 7 years after a plane crash, lawyer, Nick Arden has Ellen declared legally dead; and also marries Bianca Steele. But Ellen is alive. Written by Huggo

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She's married to him...he's married to her...and...it's...sheer...bedlam...from...morning...'til night! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something's Gotta Give See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The hotel used as the Monterey hotel, where Nick Arden goes with Bianca (and to which he'd first gone when he married Ellen) is actually the Beverly Hills Hotel. As such, it's not on the ocean's edge (Beverly Hills is several miles inland). The long-shot of the hotel with the ocean (and the incorrectly 'setting sun' - see 'goofs' about that) in the background are a matte shot. See more »

Goofs

With Nicky as passenger, Ellen drives his car to a particular hotel. Being a lawyer and knowing Ellen has been away from civilization for five years with no time to renew her driver's license, Nick should full-well know he's liable for allowing her, an unlicensed driver, behind the wheel of his car and, therefore, not allow it (especially as he wants to guarantee getting her to the right hotel to "accidentally" run into Stephen Burkett). See more »

Quotes

Judge Bryson: Where'd you study law, anyway?
Nicholas Arden: Harvard, sir.
Judge Bryson: Yeah, I might have known. Yale man, myself.
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Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 30 April 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer (1862)
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played as background music as James Garner describes the memorial service for Doris Day
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Is it wrong to consider it one of my favourite Doris Day films?
3 October 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As a big fan of Doris Day, I loved Move Over Darling. My Favourite Wife is often compared to this film, but I personally prefer this film. Move Over Darling is funny, charming and without a wasted scene. The film looks fabulous, with beautiful cinematography and fresh-looking scenery, while the soundtrack is bright and breezy. Then there is an engaging story, a witty and charming script and professional direction.

Not only that there is some fine acting in this film. I have always loved Doris Day, not only as a talented singer but as a fresh and endearing actress, and she is lovely in Move Over Darling, and James Garner as always is immensely likable. While Polly Bergen and Chuck Connors give perfect support as the other woman and the hunk marooned with Day, it is the delightful Thelma Ritter who steals the show as Day's outspoken mother-in-law.

Overall, one of my favourite Doris Day films, and a film that is warm, witty and charming. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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