Move Over Darling A remake of My Favourite Wife, originally begin filming with Marilyn Monroe as Something’s For To Give. After having not found his wife, Ellen, 7 years after a plane crash, lawyer, Nick Arden has Ellen declared legally dead; and also marries Bianca Steele. But Ellen is alive.
Doris Day at her zaniest!
Move Over Darling I really like this Doris Day flick. Doris does more slapstick in this feature than all her other movies put together. James Garner thinks Doris has been dead for 5 years. He is now on his honeymoon with new wife Polly Bergen and guess who shows up after being rescued off a deserted island? You got it. Doris hilariously ruins the honeymoon (this was when couples waited until the honeymoon to make love, YEAH RIGHT!) Anyway, Polly is quite frustrated not getting any action from James Garner. Several scenes are classics. especially when Doris poses as a Swedish Masseur and practically beats Polly to a pulp. The best scene of all is watching Doris drive a brand new 1963 Imperial Conv. into a car wash and then accidentally putting the top down.
Don Knotts makes a funny cameo as a randy shoe salesman and Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction) is funny as a surly Court Judge. Thelma Ritter is always funny and she is up to par here. This movie was apparently re-worked for Doris Day after the death of Marilyn Monroe who was essentially filming the same movie when she died. Even the sets were basically the same. I guess 20th Century Fox needed the money after the Liz Taylor fiasco “Cleopatra” almost put them in bankruptcy. Overall, a very cute, sexy (for the era) funny movie. They don’t make cute movies like this anymore. Too bad.
Doris Day lovers will love this one!
No, it’s not the most hilarious movie you’ve ever seen. But there is something magical about Move Over, Darling. No one could ever get mad like Doris Day and boy does she shine in this movie as usual. It’s a fun film that anyone can enjoy if they don’t think too hard and just sit back and relax. The added bonus is seeing James Garner flashing that million dollar smile and of course, Thelma Ritter who was always a riot in any movie she was in. Doris Day lovers need to add this to their collection.