My Favorite Wife

My Favorite Wife

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Director: Garson Kanin

Cast: Garson Kanin, Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott

     
 

Fall under the spell of one of film's greatest charmers with Warner Bros.' release of the 1940 Cary Grant romantic comedy My Favorite Wife. The feature is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full-frame and accompanied by a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital audio track with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Though one may suspect…  See more details below

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Fall under the spell of one of film's greatest charmers with Warner Bros.' release of the 1940 Cary Grant romantic comedy My Favorite Wife. The feature is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 full-frame and accompanied by a closed-captioned English Dolby Digital audio track with optional English, Spanish, and French subtitles. Though one may suspect that a film of this age may not come with many extra features, Warner Bros. has seen fit to include some enticing bonus materials. In addition to viewing the vintage MGM Robert Benchley short film Home Movies, viewers can also access a 1949 Screen Director's Playhouse radio production of My Favorite Wife starring Grant and screen beauty Irene Dunne

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
My Favorite Wife is a fast-paced, delightful farce that sparkles from beginning to end. Unlike the vastly inferior remake, Move Over, Darling, just about everything in Wife is absolutely right, starting with that farceur par excellence Cary Grant and that quintessence of wifely charm Irene Dunne. Both of these excellent actors possessed impressive ranges, and both were experts at the kind of light-but-serious touch that material of this sort requires; if the touch is too light, the essential silliness of the piece becomes evident, and if it is too serious, it kills the fun. Grant and Dunne skate across the screenplay without slipping and falling for even an instance. They're aided, of course, by Garson Kanin's fluid, assured and "fun" direction; Kanin's sense of humor and natural feel for the material shines through in every frame. The director even gets a chance to briefly indulge his trademark fondness for quirky fantasy/dream sequences when Grant ponders his dilemma. Even with such a strong director and stars, however, the film could have been nothing more than moderately entertaining were it not for the solid, well-structured and above all funny screenplay that manages to hit the ball out of the park on almost every occasion. Add in a marvelous supporting cast and the professional polish supplied by the designers and technicians, and the result is a Wife that is a favorite indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0053939674927
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage Robert Benchley short home movies; December 7, 1950 screen director's playhouse radio production starring Grant and Dunne; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Ellen Arden
Cary Grant Nick Arden
Randolph Scott Stephen Burkett
Gail Patrick Bianca
Ann Shoemaker Ma
Scotty Beckett Tim Arden
Mary Lou Harrington Chinch Arden
Donald MacBride Hotel Clerk
Hugh O'Connell Johnson
Granville Bates Judge
Jean Acker Witness
Cy Kendall Detective
Thelma Joel Miss Rosenthal
Pedro de Cordoba Dr. Kohlmar
Leon Belasco Henri
Murray Alper Bartender
Frank Marlowe Photographer
Horace McMahon Truck Driver
Chester Clute Little Man
Franco Corsaro Waiter
Florence Dudley Witness
Harold Gerard Assistant Court Clerk
Bert Moorhouse Lawyer
Clive Morgan Lawyer
Cyril Ring Contestant
Brandon Tynan Dr. Manning
Pat West Caretaker
Earl Hodgins Clerk of Court

Technical Credits
Garson Kanin Director
James H. Anderson Asst. Director
Howard Greer Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Leo McCarey Producer,Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Ruby Rosenberg Asst. Director
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Bella Spewack Screenwriter
Samuel Spewack Screenwriter
Roy Webb Score Composer
Robert Wise Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:18]
2. One Wife to Another [4:11]
3. Lady Sailor [2:38]
4. How Was My Funeral? [4:04]
5. Familiar Face at Yosemite [5:05]
6. Calling Mr. Arden [4:05]
7. Party to An Intrigue [3:36]
8. Phony Phone Call [3:16]
9. A Little Awkward [3:34]
10. Friend of the Family [2:22]
11. Mighty Good Performances [4:16]
12. Almost Explaining [2:22]
13. Adam and Eve [3:06]
14. Adamant Over Adam [3:08]
15. The Athletic Mr. Burkett [2:44]
16. Being Burkett [5:26]
17. Poolside Trio [4:08]
18. Clothes for a Friend [4:39]
19. Legal Mulligan Stew [5:17]
20. What's Your Offer? [2:52]
21. Mother Enclosed [3:37]
22. About Time for Kisses [2:40]
23. Nick Draws the Attic [3:17]
24. Bedding Up and Down [2:22]
25. Early Christmas [3:12]
26. Cast List [:45]

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My Favorite Wife 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutley LOVE this movie!! I have been waiting for years for it to be released again. I grew up (I'm 29) watching Cary Grant movies and is this my all time favorite. He was a brilliant actor, brilliant at the physical comedy. When he sees his first wife (who is pronounced leagally dead after 7 years on his wedding day to wife #2) for the first time the look on his face is priceless!I don't want to give too much away like some reviews do, but let me just say that his antics are hilarious!! There have been several remakes and variations of this movie but nothing beats the original! A true romantic comedy in every sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favourite Cary Grant movies. The plot is based on a poem with the woman marrying a man when her husband has not been found for a long time, but in this movie, the genders are switched but you'll still have a nice time watching this very funny classic starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Cary Grant movies and my favorite of the Movies that Cary made with Irene Dunne. They are both wonderful actors and this is a very funny movie with witty dialogue. There is a color remake of this movie from the 1960's called Move Over Darling and starring Doris Day and James Garner and it is a very good, very cute movie but my favorite is this original black and white Grant/Dunne version.
DebdoNM More than 1 year ago
I love old Movies and My Favorite Wife was another great movie added to my favorites collection! Two Gorgeous Men Like Cary Grant and Randolf Scott, how can you miss! Irene Dunne is beautiful,and funny!
This is one of those classics you can watch again and again!