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My Favourite Wife [VHS]

4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Gail Patrick, Randolph Scott, Anne Shoemaker
  • Directors: Garson Kanin
  • Producers: Leo McCarey
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 12 Jan. 1998
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R6AA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nick Arden (Cary Grant) has his wife Ellen (Irene Dunne) declared legally dead after she has been missing for seven years, in order to marry his new love, Bianca (Gail Patrick). When Ellen, who has been shipwrecked all this time, returns to find her erstwhile husband has remarried, she sets out to get him back by making him jealous over Stephen (Randolph Scott), the man with whom she was shipwrecked.

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That delightful couple from The Awful Truth, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, revisit the world of marital confusion. Presuming his wife to be dead, Grant remarries--on the same day that his bedraggled spouse (that's Dunne) returns. Seems she's been stranded on a desert island for seven years (with strapping hunk Randolph Scott, too). The moment Cary spots his resurrected wife, as an elevator door slides shut, is one of the many funny gags in this comedy, and the final sequence is memorably wacky. Awful Truth director Leo McCarey prepared the film, but it was directed by author Garson Kanin. The two stars are so adept at farce, and so effortless in conveying their characters' mutual affection, that the movie triumphs over the whopper of a plot device. It was supposed to be remade as the ill-fated Marilyn Monroe film Something's Got to Give, and ended up Move Over, Darling with Doris Day. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The second of three pairings of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, this is my favourite. On the day she is pronounced dead, Irene Dunne comes back home after seven years in a deserted island - only to find out her husband (Cary Grant) has just remarried. Now all he has to do is tell is new wife and choose his favourite. A very funny and witty screwball comedy follows. Both players are at their best, in what is clear made to capitalise on their previous hit "The Awful Truth" and Garson Kanin (more famous for his screenplays for George Cukor) lets them do what they do so well. Sadly the DVD has no extras.
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2011
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After seven years of his wife, Ellen, presumably being lost at sea, Nick Arden marries his latest flame, Bianca. Only to get on his honeymoon to find that Ellen has in fact survived, and spent the seven years on a tropical island with another man called Stephen Burkett.

My Favorite Wife is based around the Alfred Tennyson poem entitled "Enoch Arden". Numerous adaptations have been made, but few, if any, are as frothy as this Cary Grant and Irene Dunne starer. Grant and Dunne are re-teamed here after their massive success with the quite marvellous The Awful Truth in 1937, and tho the role of Ellen was touted to Jean Arthur, it was Dunne who grasped the role and created sizzling comedy once again with the fabulous Grant. The Awful Truth director Leo McCarey, was all set to direct this piece but a car accident put paid to that and the reins passed to jobber Garson Kanin, who aided by a firing on all cylinders cast, weaved a splendidly delightful picture.

Tho the movie's obvious charm lays with it's two main stars, it would be a big disservice to forget the contributions of Randolph Scott as Stephen Burkett and Gail Patrick as Bianca. Scott's laid back persona is perfect foil to Grant's more batty approach work, while Patrick in the tricky role of the neurotic second wife is fabulous, and it remains a mystery as to why she didn't go on to better and brighter things. Tho the ending is never in doubt, and the last quarter dries up on the gags front, My Favorite Wife still stands the test of time as a screwball picture of note, see it if you get the chance, it should brighten your day. 7.5/10
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Now this is a CARY GRANT screwball Rom Com in the highest class. His pairings with IRENE DUNNE are of the highest quality and this keeps the momentum going right up until the very end. The leading ladies certainly have a collection of interesting hats, no doubt popular for the period.
But a criticism of the disc is, and many others from this era is, why oh why, can,t the DVD manufacturers record the film in it,s original 4.3 format as well as the wide screen,
This 1.3 format does not do the ladies any favors in the DERRIERE DEPARTMENT, and shortens the height of Mr Grant and Mr Scott. Ps This disc has extra trivia included about the performers.
John Bentley. Liverpool.
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After their success in the wonderful 'The Awful Truth' three years before, Irene Dunne and Cary Grant were reunited for this fast moving and often hillarious film. Dunne plays Ellen, returning home after seven years shipwrecked to discover that her husband Nick has declared her legally dead and has re-married the snobbish Bianca so she decides to make him jealous when he finds out that Ellen was not alone for those seven years and had been shipwrecked with Stephen Burkett. Both Dunne and Grant are at their hillarious best (although never quite re-capturing the joy of their previous outing). The real comedy comes when Ellen nabs a short middle aged shoesalesman and introduces him to Nick as Burkett, unaware that the suspicious Nick had already sought and seen Burkett. There is also a hillarious turn from Granville Bates as the unwitting Judge (not to mention some perfectly charming turns from Scotty Beckett and Mary Lou Harrington as Nick and Ellen's children). The film was to be directed by Leo McCarey, director of 'The Awful Truth', but he was involved in a car accident before shooting so the 27 year old Garson Kanin took over. Grant and Dunne were re-united the following year for the more dramatic 'Penny Serenade'.
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The film starts in a courtroom with lawyer Cary Grant (Nick) getting his 1st wife Irene Dunne (Ellen) pronounced legally dead by Judge Granville Bates. Dunne has been missing for 7 years and it’s time for Grant to move on. Specifically, with Gail Patrick (Bianca). The Judge, after painfully dithering about – some people find this funny, I didn’t – then agrees to marry Grant and Patrick, and they go off to their honeymoon. But what’s this……first wife Irene Dunne returns home! She’s not dead. She heads for the honeymoon hotel. What is everyone to do….?

The cast are mainly good in this film. Cary Grant spars well with everybody, and especially with hotel clerk Donald MacBride. There are many funny scenes that include Grant’s reaction in a hotel lift when he first sees Irene Dunne. He also has an amusing scene with Pedro de Cordoba (Dr Kohlmar) as he rifles through a wardrobe full of ladies clothes, explaining he is doing it for a friend, and “he’s waiting outside”. There is another amusing set-up with the story of Irene Dunne’s male partner on the desert island – hunky Randolph Scott (Burkett). Dunne tries to pass off meek Chester Clute as the man she has innocently spent 7 years with to a knowing Cary Grant.

However, whilst, the film is entertaining and is easy to watch, it peters out at the end once the action moves to the mountain home. It gets sentimental and silly, and the film could have been resolved in a far more satisfactory manner. We are left with a few questions regarding the plot, such as what has Gail Patrick done to deserve what has just happened? Is Randolph Scott a complete carrot-eating moron? And Irene Dunne is actually pretty awful considering that she is meant to love Cary Grant. The children are a bit irritating and Irene Dunne has an annoying episode where she puts on a Southern accent, but, despite all of that, this is a fun film.
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