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Too Many Husbands (1940)

Too Many Husbands (1940)

Too Many Husbands





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The W. Somerset Maugham play Home and Beauty was successful Americanized as Too Many Husbands (British title: My Two Husbands). Led to believe that her husband Fred MacMurray has drowned in a shipwreck, socialite Jean Arthur marries Melvyn Douglas. In time-honored Enoch Arden fashion, MacMurray turns up alive. The rest of the film finds Jean's two husbands figuratively duking it out for her affections. For a Production Code-era film, Too Many Husbands is remarkably risque, with a delicious open-ended denouement. And besides, we get to see the matchless Jean Arthur do the rhumba! In 1955, Columbia trotted out this property once more, and the result was the musical comedy Three For The Show, starring Jack Lemmon and Marge & Gower Champion.more
Rating: G
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Binyon
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Columbia Pictures


Jean Arthur
as Vicky Lowndes
Fred MacMurray
as Bill Cardew
Melvyn Douglas
as Henry Lowndes
Dorothy Peterson
as Gertrude Houlihan
Melville Cooper
as Peter, the Butler
Edgar Buchanan
as McDermott
Tom Dugan
as Sullivan
Garry Owen
as Sign Painter
Ralph Peters
as Cab Driver
Jacques Vanaire
as Head Waiter
Dave Willock
as Elevator Operator
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All Critics (1)

Modest fluffy screwball comedy.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Too Many Husbands

Preposterous nonsense would be idiotic if not played by experts at this sort of improbability. Jean, Fred and Melvyn were however three of the best players at this type of drawing room comedy and sustain a lively tone to the proceeding amply assisted by that king of flummoxed exasperation Harry Davenport.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I wonder if something like this has actually happened, you think your spouse is dead and remarry only to find your old spouse returning years later! Weather or not it actually has happened, this movie tells the story hilariously. Some of the scenes are a bit talky, but overall the movie is good.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This was made the same year as the far superior My Favorite Wife, but it?s not bad in it?s own right. It?s a bit absurd at times, but thankfully the cast makes it work. Jean Arthur is wonderful as always, Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas are appropriately frazzled as the two husbands. Harry Davenport provides fine support. It?s pleasant and amusing, but it?s nothing particularly special.

James Higgins

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