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My Favorite Wife is a 1940 screwball comedy film that tells the story of Ellen Wagstaff Arden (Irene Dunne), a young mother who returns home after seven years of being stranded on a tropical island only to discover that that very afternoon her beloved husband Nick (Cary Grant) has had her declared legally dead. Making matters worse is that after she is declared dead, Nick will marry his high strung fiancée Bianca (Gayle Patrick). Crestfallen at the news delivered by her mother-in-law, who has to be revived when she sees the long-believed dead Ellen show up in clothes borrowed from a sailor on the ship that rescued Ellen. Ellen's outlook is brightened when she discovers that she has just enough time to get to her husband before he embarks on his honeymoon night. Throwing a monkey wrench into the plot is that Ellen's is afraid to tell her children (who don't remember her) who she is. Jump to: navigation, search 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The screwball comedy has proven to be one of the most elusive of the film genres. ... Irene Dunne in Love Affair (1939) Irene Dunne (December 20, 1898 - September 4, 1990), was born Irene Marie Dunn in Louisville, Kentucky. ... Cary Grant Cary Grant (January 18, 1904 - November 29, 1986), was an English-American motion picture actor. ...


This was one of the few on screen occasions in which Cary Grant appeared in with his longtime roommate Randolph Scott with whom Hollywood insiders believed where in a homosexual relationship with one and other. In the film, Scott, plays Stephen Beckett, the athletic man who also went missing in the accident along with Dunne’s character, and has shared the island with for the past seven years. Randolph Scott (left) with Cary Grant George Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987), generally known as Randolph Scott, was an American film actor whose career spanned the sound era from the late 1920s to the early 1960s. ... Homosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love, or sexual desire exclusively for another of the same sex. ...


The story of My Favorite Wife was chosen by 20th Century Fox for a 1962 remake starring Marilyn Monroe (Ellen Arden) and Dean Martin (Nick Arden) under the working title of Something's Got to Give, which was to be directed by George Cukor. From the beginning the production encountered problems, most of which centered around Monroe who failed to make her shooting schedule. Monroe was terminated and Martin backed out once the studio attempted to recast the role. Following Monroe's death in August of 1962, Doris Day and James Garner were cast in the Monroe and Martin roles; the finished film debuted in 1963 under the title of Move Over, Darling. Jump to: navigation, search Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962), was an American actress of the 20th century. ... Dean Martin at a St. ... Martin and Monroe. ... Doris Day Doris Day (born April 3, 1924) is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate. ... James Garner as Jim Egan in 8 Simple Rules James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


External Links

  • My Favorite Wife (1940) listing on IMDB
  • Somthing's Got to Give (1962) listing on IMDB
  • Move Over Darling (1963) listing on IMDB

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My Favorite Wife is a screwball rendering of the Enoch Emery tale, an old saw about a man thought lost at sea, who returns to find his wife remarried.
Dunne and Grant's chemistry in My Favorite Wife (this was their third picture together) is delicious as they take turns acting out and reacting to each other's childish schemes.
The "I" of "My Favorite Wife" is Cary Grant, and his favorite wife is Irene Dunne.
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