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My Favorite Wife

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After his wife, Ellen (Irene Dunne), disappears at sea, Nick Arden (Cary Grant) waits seven long years before finally marrying the lovely Bianca (Gail Patrick). As luck would have it, Ellen suddenly reappears in Nick's life during his honeymoon with Bianca and informs him that she's been shipwrecked on a desert island. Nick is overjoyed to see her, but becomes insane with jealousy when he learns of her only island companion -- the handsome Stephen Burkett (Randolph Scott).

Cast

Irene Dunne
as Ellen Arden
Cary Grant
as Nick Arden
Randolph Scott
as Stephen Burkett
Scotty Beckett
as Tim Arden
Mary Lou Harrington
as Chinch Arden
Donald MacBride
as Hotel Clerk
Pedro de Cordoba
as Dr. Kohlmar
Brandon Tynan
as Dr. Manning
Harold Gerald
as Assistant Clerk
Murray Alper
as Bartender
Earle Hodgins
as Court Clerk
Cyril Ring
as Contestant
Horace McMahon
as Truck Driver
Jean Acker
as Witness
Harold Gerard
as Assistant Court Clerk
Frank Marlowe
as Photographer
Thelma Joel
as Miss Rosenthal
Horace MacMahon
as Truck Driver
Chester Clute
as Little Man
Earl Hodgins
as Clerk of Court
Cy Kendall
as Detective
Pat West
as Caretaker
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Critic Reviews for My Favorite Wife

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Audience Reviews for My Favorite Wife

  • Jun 27, 2011
    My Favorite Wife is one of the lesser, lighter Cary Grant movies. In it, he plays a man whose wife is lost at sea. Seven years later, he goes to the judge to have her declared dead so that he may re-marry. No sooner does he re-marry when his first wife comes wandering back home. She had been living on a tropical island for the last seven years and had only been rescued recently by a passing freighter. Naturally, from this all sorts of chaos arises. Well, some minor chaos. This film is listed as a starring vehicle for Irene Dunne (the original wife), so it's little wonder the new wife (Gail Patrick) is barely in the picture at all. There's very little controversy or dilemma involved on the husband's part. He never considers the new wife, even for a little bit. There's a couple of cute gags, mostly involving the guy Dunne was stuck on the island with (Randolph Scott), but this film is way too slight to make anyone go out of their way to see it.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    Grant and Dunne make a great couple in this movie. It's very funny and romantic at the same time. I highly recommend this to fans of Grant.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2010
    Dunne and Grant were teamed many a time, but this film seems a bit broader, and filled with moments where you have to suspend your disbelief, including Dunne's tragic circumstances, and Grant's state of marital contentedness. It's all lovey dovey and amazingly sweet, but it specifically works because the two compliment each other with their zany antics and wanton disregard for lack of wit and candor.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2009
    Grant and Hepburn may have been the more popular pairing, but I think Dunne is Grant's ideal onscreen partner. Ignore the implausibility of the plot; it truly doesn't matter. This is screwball comedy at its finest.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer

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