×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Move Over, Darling

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue is the nature of Move Over, Darling, a reproduction of the 1940 romantic comedy My Favorite Wife, which costarred Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.

With:
Doris Day James Garner Polly Bergen Chuck Connors Thelma Ritter Fred Clark

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue is the nature of Move Over, Darling, a reproduction of the 1940 romantic comedy My Favorite Wife, which costarred Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.

Its complicated history is revealed in the writing credit: screenplay by Hal Kanter and Jack Sher based on a screenplay by Bella Spewack and Samuel Spewack from a story by Bella Spewack, Samuel Spewack and Leo McCarey.

The ‘old’ is the basic yarn about the guy who remarries five years after his first wife is thought to have perished only to have his first wife turn up alive and kicking at the outset of his honeymoon. The ‘new’ are the chiefly lacklustre embellishments tagged on. The ‘borrowed’, to cite one example, is a telephone sequence that owes more than a little something to Shelley Berman. The ‘blue’ isn’t of a really offensive nature.

Doris Day and James Garner play it to the hilt, comically, dramatically and last, but not least (particularly in the case of the former), athletically. What is missing in their portrayals is a light touch -# the ability to humorously convey with a subtle eyelash-bat or eyebrow-arch what it tends to take them a kick in the shins to accomplish.

Popular on Variety

Others of prominence in the cast are Polly Bergen as the sexually-obsessed second wife (it’s never really much of a contest between her and Day), Thelma Ritter as the understanding mother-in-law, and Chuck Connors as the male animal who shared the small island hunk of real estate alone with Day for five years.

Move Over, Darling

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Michael Gordon; Producer Aaron Rosenberg, Martin Melcher; Screenplay Hal Kanter, Jack Sher; Camera Daniel L. Fapp; Editor Robert Simpson; Music Lionel Newman; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Hilyard Brown

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 103 MIN.

With: Doris Day James Garner Polly Bergen Chuck Connors Thelma Ritter Fred Clark

More Film

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Hollywood’s 10 Worst Depictions of Female Music Journalists

    As controversy builds around “Richard Jewell” and its depiction of female journalists, it’s nothing new for women music writers on the silver screen. Although “Crazy Heart,” which premiered 10 years ago this month, was basically 2009’s equivalent of Bradley Cooper’s remake of “A Star Is Born,” it hasn’t had quite the staying power of some [...]

  • MADRID-CONTENT-CITY-RAUL-BERDONÉS

    Secuoya, Planeta Launch Madrid Content City, Site of Netflix’s First European Production Hub

    Spain’s Secuoya Studios has teamed with publishing giant the Planeta Group to expand Madrid Content City, the audiovisual complex that hosts Netflix first European Production Hub. Madrid Content City will multiply by a factor of seven its current operating area of 22,000 square-meters (236,806 square-feet). In total, Madrid Content City will span 140,000 square-meters (1.5 [...]

  • Imogen Poots

    'Black Christmas' Star Imogen Poots on Why Male Horror Fans Should See Slasher Remake

    “Black Christmas” is the second remake of the 1974 slasher classic, which centers on a group of sorority sisters stalked by an unknown murderer. While the original had the female protagonists (SPOILER) offed, in this one, the women fight back. “It’s been called a re-imagining of the original, and I think, in ways that the [...]

  • Imogen Poots as Riley in "Black

    'Black Christmas': Film Review

    “Black Christmas,” a low-budget Canadian horror movie released in 1974, was a slasher thriller with a difference: It was the very first one! Okay, there were more than a few precedents, from “Psycho” (the great-granddaddy of the genre) to “The Last House on the Left” and “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” to Mario Bava’s “A [...]

  • David Benioff, D.B. Weiss. Creators and

    'Game of Thrones' Creators to Develop H.P. Lovecraft Movie at Warner Bros.

    Following their exit from the “Star Wars” universe, “Game of Thrones” co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found their replacement pic, signing on to produce an untitled thriller based on the graphic novel “Lovecraft” for Warner Bros. It is unknown if they will also direct the project, but they’ve already set Phil Hay and [...]

  • Little Women Greta Gerwig BTS

    Greta Gerwig and 'Little Women' Crew Mix Modern and Classical

    Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Sony’s “Little Women,” a new look at Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved 19th-century classic. Eager to pay tribute to her artisan colleagues, Gerwig says, “It was a joy for me to work with all these people. It’s a movie that’s impossible to create without world-class artists. They killed themselves for me!” [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content