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My Favorite Wife Details


Leo McCarey was supposed to both produce and direct My Favorite Wife, but an illness forced him to relinquish the director's chair to Garson Kanin, who did a splendid job. This hilarious retread of the old "Enoch Arden" legend stars Irene Dunne as Ellen, who returns home to her husband Nick (Cary Grant) and children Tim (Ann Shoemaker) and Chinch (Mary Lou Harrington) after being marooned on a desert island for seven years. Thing of it is, Ellen has been declared legally dead, and Nick has taken unto himself a second wife, the bitchy Bianca (Gail Patrick). Upon discovering that Ellen is still alive, Nick is on the verge of a tender reunion-until it discovers that she spent those seven lost years in the company of handsome Mr. Barkett (Randolph Scott). The superb supporting cast includes Granville Bates as a flummoxed judge, Chester Clute as a meek shoe salesman whom Ellen tries to pass off as Barkett, and Donald MacBride as a beetle-browed honeymoon-hotel clerk. My Favorite Wife was remade in 1963 as Donald MacBride, in which Irene Dunne and Cary Grant were replaced by Doris Day and James Garner. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 2, 1940


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark-Lee Kirk Best Black and White Art Direction 1940 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Webb Best Original Score 1940 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leo McCarey Best Original Story 1940 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Van Nest Polglase Best Black and White Art Direction 1940 Nominee


Irene Dunne
as Ellen Arden
Cary Grant
as Nick Arden
Randolph Scott
as Stephen Burkett
Gail Patrick
as Bianca
Ann Shoemaker
as Ma
Scotty Beckett
as Tim Arden
Donald MacBride
as Hotel Clerk
Hugh O'Connell
as Johnson
Granville Bates
as Judge
Clive Morgan
as Lawyer
Pat West
as Caretaker
Bert Moorhouse
as Lawyer
Earl Hodgins
as Clerk of Court
Murray Alper
as Bartender
Frank Marlowe
as Photographer
Leon Belasco
as Henri
Pedro de Cordoba
as Dr. Kohlmar
Cy Kendall
as Detective
Chester Clute
as Little Man
Cyril Ring
as Contestant
Brandon Tynan
as Dr. Manning
Horace McMahon
as Truck Driver
Franco Corsaro
as Waiter


Garson Kanin
Leo McCarey
Leo McCarey
Rudolph Maté
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Wise
Mark-Lee Kirk
Art Director
Van Nest Polglase
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Howard Greer
Costume Designer