23 Apr


Move Over, Darling is a 1963 comedy film starring Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen and directed by Michael Gordon. The picture was a remake of a 1940 screwball comedy film, My Favorite Wife, with Irene Dunne, Cary Grant and Gail Patrick. In between these movies, an unfinished version entitled Something’s Got to Give began shooting in 1962, directed by George Cukor and starring Marilyn Monroe (who was fired and died soon after) and Dean Martin.

The film was chosen as the 1964 Royal Film Performance and had its UK premiere on 24 February 1964 at the Odeon Leicester Square in the presence of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Ellen Wagstaff Arden (Doris Day), a mother of two young girls named Jenny and Didi, was believed to be lost at sea following an airplane accident. Her husband, Nick Arden (James Garner), was one of the survivors.


After five years of searching for her, he decides to move on with his life by having her declared legally dead so he can marry Bianca (Polly Bergen), all on the same day. However, Ellen is alive; she is rescued and returns home that particular day. At first crestfallen, she is relieved to discover from her mother-in-law Grace (Thelma Ritter) that her (ex-) husband’s honeymoon has not started yet.

When Nick is confronted by Ellen, he eventually clears things up with Bianca, but he then learns that the entire time Ellen was stranded on the island she was there with another man, the handsome, athletic Stephen Burkett (Chuck Connors) – and that they called each other “Adam” and “Eve.”

Nick’s mother has him arrested for bigamy and all parties appear before the same judge that married Nick and Bianca earlier that day. Bianca and Ellen request divorces before the judge sends them all away. Bianca leaves Nick, while Ellen storms out, still married to Nick, declared alive again. Ellen returns to Nick’s house unsure if her children will recognize her. Her children welcome her home, and so does Nick.




  1. vickgoodwin

    June 20, 2016 at 10:14 am

    This us such a cute movie. I remember the scene with the children. What a touching scene.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. America On Coffee

    June 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Makes me smile.;-)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Patty B

    June 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Both are my favorite movies….I still enjoy watching them.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. America On Coffee

    June 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    How wonderful it is, that we can share and keep so many of these good memories alive.


  5. Teagan Geneviene

    June 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    This is one of my favorite James Garner movies. Hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. America On Coffee

    June 26, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Good movies are timeless!


  7. Ellie

    March 27, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Oh bring back the cute movies of yesteryear. Who wants to watch the filth they pass off as movies today? (James Garner will always be Maverick to me – big crush!!!) :)


  8. America On Coffee

    April 3, 2017 at 3:18 am

    It could not shake that character… Maverick he was!

    Liked by 1 person


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