Move Over, Darling
Directed by Michael Gordon
Written by Hal Kanter and Jack Sher based on a screenplay by Sam and Bella Spewack
First viewing/Netflix rental
This is a fairly faithful remake of My Favorite Wife (1940) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. I prefer that version but this isn’t bad.
Nicholas Arden (James Garner) is an attorney whose wife Ellen (Doris Day) was presumably lost at sea after an airplane crash which he survived. It is five years later and Nick is seeking to have Ellen declared legally dead so he can marry his girl friend Bianca (Paula Prentiss). On the very day he ties the knot, Ellen reappears, having been rescued from a mostly deserted island by a submarine.
Helen shows up at her husband’s honeymoon hotel determined to halt the consummation of his new marriage. But this has an idiot plot and Nick finds himself unable to spit out the situation to his new bride for most of the running time of the film. Many misunderstandings ensue on the way to the happy ending. With Edgar Buchanan as a befuddled judge and Thelma Ritter as Nick’s mother.
This was pleasant enough though the usually reliable Day gets a bit shrill at times. It lacks the sophistication of McCarey’s original.