My Favorite Wife Overview:

My Favorite Wife (1940) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Garson Kanin and produced by Leo McCarey.

The film was based on the poem Enoch Arden written by Alfred (Lord) Tennyson published in 1864.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionVan Nest Polglase, Mark-Lee KirkNominated
Best Music - ScoringRoy WebbNominated
Best WritingBella Spewack, Samuel Spewack, Leo McCareyNominated
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Classic Films in Focus: MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 2, 2018 From Virtual Virago

My Favorite Wife (1940) reunites stars Irene Dunne and Cary Grant after their first pairing as a comedic couple in The Awful Truth (1937), and once again there's both love and trouble. Grant plays a husband flummoxed by the return of his supposedly dead first wife on the very day that he marries his... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: MY FAVORITE WIFE (1940)

By Jennifer Garlen on Feb 2, 2018 From Virtual Virago

My Favorite Wife (1940) reunites stars Irene Dunne and Cary Grant after their first pairing as a comedic couple in The Awful Truth (1937), and once again there's both love and trouble. Grant plays a husband flummoxed by the return of his supposedly dead first wife on the very day that he marries his... Read full article


The Cary Grant Blogathon: My Favorite Wife (1940)

By Annmarie Gatti on Dec 1, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

?Make up your mind old man. You?re not allowed to have two wives, you know?? Like many Classic Movie fans, I just adore Cary Grant — and?I just adore about every film that he ever made in his 30+ year film career. He can play anything from suave, sophisticated and sexy — to befuddled, ne... Read full article


My Favorite Wife (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

This is a film that I arrived at by a rather roundabout route indeed. Let me explain. I genuinely loved Cary Grant and Irene Dunne’s chemistry in The Awful Truth, but I wanted to watch My Favorite Wife before moving onto their final film together Penny Serenade. Time passed and I found two oth... Read full article


My Favorite Wife (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 7, 2015 From 4 Star Films

This is a film that I arrived at by a rather roundabout route indeed. Let me explain. I genuinely loved Cary Grant and Irene Dunne’s chemistry in The Awful Truth, but I wanted to watch My Favorite Wife before moving onto their final film together Penny Serenade. Time passed and I found two oth... Read full article


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Quotes from

Nick Arden: Impulsive? He's full of carrots!


Ellen Wagstaff Arden aka Eve: Oh, by the way, how was my funeral?
Ma: Lovely. Doctor Blake preached a wonderful service.
Ellen Wagstaff Arden aka Eve: Oh, I wish I had been there.


Nick Arden: I came here with my wife... hum... my bride really. Now my wife, not my bride... my wife... Why should I bore you with details?
Hotel clerk: I won't be bored.
Nick Arden: Listen, it's just simple as A B C.
Hotel clerk: Don't tell me you got someone in B?


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Facts about

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 7, 1950 with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne reprising their film roles.
Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "Enoch Arden," about a fisherman presumed lost at sea who returns to find his wife remarried, was the basis of five prior films: Enoch Arden, Die Toten kehren wieder - Enoch Arden, and D.W. Griffith's Enoch Arden: Part I, Enoch Arden: Part II, and Enoch Arden. Those films adhered to Tennyson's poem. But in My Favorite Wife, Something's Got to Give, and Move Over, Darling, only the basic idea of a spouse who returns is kept, with the spouse presumed lost now being the wife. However, in all of these films, the surname of the couple in question remains "Arden."
Leo McCarey was supposed to direct the film, but shortly before the filming began he was injured in an automobile accident, and had to hand over the direction to Garson Kanin.
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