Too Many Husbands (Columbia 1940, Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray)

Too Many Husbands

Unintentional bigamy must have tickled the funnybone in classic Hollywood because the mistakenly-deceased-spouse routine shows up again and again. Too Many Husbands though is one of the best trots around the block for the old wheeze as Jean Arthur believes her husband Fred MacMurray to have perished in a shipwreck.

She finds solace with Melvyn Douglas, but when MacMurray turns up alive, healthy and quite handsome, Arthur’s in a delightful pickle as the center of attention. The men become friends and sort things out themselves. The leads make this worthwhile.

Retitled as My Two Husbands for the UK market and remade as Three for the Show in 1955 with Betty Grable. The exact same plot was also used for My Favourite Wife and Move Over Darling.

Academy Award Nomination: Best Sound.

Cast: Jean Arthur, Edgar Buchanan, Harry Davenport, Fred MacMurray

Producer and Director: Wesley Ruggles
Original Story: W. Somerset Maugham
Director of Photography: Joseph Walker
Editors: William A. Lyon, Otto Meyer
Composer: Frederick Hollander
Screenwriter: Claude Binyon
Production Designer: Lionel Banks

USA / Columbia / 84 minutes / 1940

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