Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Move Over, Darling (1963)

IMDb plot summary: After five years lost at sea, a missing wife thought long dead returns just after her husband remarries.
Directed by Michael Gordon. Starring Doris Day, James Garner, Polly Bergen, and Thelma Ritter.

It took me far too long into this movie to realize it was a remake of My Favorite Wife, a movie I grew up with. (Amusingly, they even reference the movie halfway through, citing it as an example that wives thought dead could come back to life.) The problem is, though, Doris Day and James Garner are no Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. Day comes across as naggy and snippy while Dunne had a charm to her persistence, and while Grant is a master of screwball comedy chaos, Garner just seemed perpetually grumpy. The script works for the most part, but its best bits were cribbed from the previous movie's script. There's no real reason to see this one over the remake unless you're just a huge fan of Doris Day. I am not, so I was largely unimpressed.

1.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Move Over, Darling < Rebecca
Move Over, Darling > Bad Moms
Move Over, Darling < Love's Labour's Lost
Move Over, Darling < The Sword in the Stone
Move Over, Darling > The Children's Hour
Move Over, Darling < The Devil Wears Prada
Move Over, Darling > Holiday Affair
Move Over, Darling < Multiplicity
Move Over, Darling > K-19: The Widowmaker
Move Over, Darling < Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Final spot: #1769 out of 2496.

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