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Jean Arthur is Excellent
This is highly enjoyable and slightly subversive too. All the actors are excellent and particularly Jean Arthur, who takes a not fully fleshed out character and makes her complex and believable. She was truly one of a kind as an actress and performer.
Bigamy Played For Laughs
- Bruce Reber
"Too Many Husbands" is about a woman who marries another man when her husband is reported to be dead. However, the husband turns up a year later. She's married to two men at the same time-according to the law that's bigamy-it was illegal in 1940 and still is today. I thought the PCA considered bigamy an on-screen taboo, but apparently not, as it's played for laughs in this comedy starring Fred MacMurray, Jean Arthur and Melvin Douglas. The same premise was rehashed in "My Favorite Wife" (1940) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, and again with Doris Day and James Garner in "Move Over Darling" (1963). I've seen all three of these, and IMO the Day-Garner version is the best one.
Too Many Hubbies
This is a fun, faily good "girl power" movie with the girl playing the two guys for a change. Jean Arthur is just awesome!
Too Many Husbands
- Mr. Blandings
Far superior to "My Favorite Wife," though perhaps not as accepted since it is the woman who gets all the attention rather than the man. Jean, Fred, and Melvyn have great chemistry together. But what's all the fuss about really? After all, she ends up with both men at the end anyway!
Too Many Husbands (1940)
- James Higgins
This was made the same year as the far superior My Favorite Wife, but it's not bad in it's own right. It's a bit absurd at times, but thankfully the cast makes it work. Jean Arthur is wonderful as always, Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas are appropriately frazzled as the two husbands. Harry Davenport provides fine support. It's pleasant and amusing, but it's nothing particularly special.
A rare gem that challenges feminine stereotypes
I love this film. It's smart, sophisticated and a bit risque for its time period. Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas are well matched as the competing husbands in one of the best instances of physical comedy on screen. Jean Arthur is a delightful combination of mischievousness and coquetishness as the wife trying to have her cake and eat it, too. Harry Davenport also delivers a wonderful performance as Arthur's father trying valiantly to reinstate the patriarchal order of things. A delight from beginning to its rather unorthodox end. Definitely much naughtier than the more famous version of the "extra" spouse film that was also released that year - "My Favorite Wife".