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Irene Dunne stars as Ellen Arden, the presumed-dead first wife of Nick (Cary Grant), who's sudden return to society prompts the revelation that Nick has remarried in her absence.
Ninety minutes of delightfully irrational comedy.
While it's pleasant enough, the freshness is definitely off the bloom.
Lots of laughs for the first three-quarters of the film but then it peters out for the expected finale.
A relatively formulaic (though beautifully produced) bedroom comedy...
Garson Kanin is not Leo McCarey, who was originally assigned to direct this screwball comedy, reuniting Cary Grant and Irene Dunne (Awful Truth), but he has made a well acted, decent, and enjoyable film.
...benefits heavily from Grant's charismatic presence...
The direction of Garson Kanin is spotty, and there is evidence of faults in editing -- but who cares?
Nowadays, we would call this the purview of a low-rent TV sitcom. Watching it play out 70 years earlier with top-flight stars doesn't make it any more palatable.
It's easy to see why Leo McCarey opted out of this tepid romantic comedy.
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