Move Over Darling (1963) starring James Garner, Doris Day, Polly Bergen, Chuck Connors
Doris Day, James Garner and Polly Bergen star in Move Over Darling. A romantic comedy about one groom, two wives, and one crazy, mixed-up honeymoon! Five years after his wife Ellen is lost at sea and presumed dead, Nick is finally ready to remarry. But he’s headed for anything but wedded bliss when Ellen turns up alive … And ready to give first love a second chance – with Nick!
Editorial Review of Move Over, Darling courtesy of Amazon.com
As the survivor of a five-year ordeal on a desert island, she returns home the very day her husband has remarried.James Garner, trading his Maverick impish humor and con man cool for a mugging performance of double takes and pratfalls, is her overjoyed husband who is too cowardly to tell his neurotic bride (Polly Bergen). All of this, naturally, leads to a ridiculously complicated plot that combines door-slamming sex farce with mistaken identities (Day poses as a Swedish masseuse) and a goofy sped-up car chase.Chuck Connors, who costars as Days hunky, he-man island mate Adam, leads a topnotch supporting cast that includes sassy Thelma Ritter as Garners no-nonsense mother,Don Knotts as a nervous shoe salesman enlisted by Day to impersonate Adam, Fred Clark at his indignant best, and John Astin and Pat Harrington in early roles.
Edgar Buchanan practically steals the film as a gruff, irascible judge who growls through the legal circus that forms the films chaotic climax. The cast for the most part rises above the tepid script and bland direction and Day sings two songs. Interestingly, this remake was originally developed for Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin as the never completed Somethings Got to Give. — Sean Axmaker