My Favorite Wife
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Ninety minutes of delightfully irrational comedy."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"While it's pleasant enough, the freshness is definitely off the bloom."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Lots of laughs for the first three-quarters of the film but then it peters out for the expected finale."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Snappy, breezy and charming, this romantic comedy may not be the best of Grant's films of the period, but it's an entertaining romp showing Grant and Dunne on top form."
‑ , Film4
"A relatively formulaic (though beautifully produced) bedroom comedy..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...benefits heavily from Grant's charismatic presence..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The direction of Garson Kanin is spotty, and there is evidence of faults in editing -- but who cares?"
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"It's easy to see why Leo McCarey opted out of this tepid romantic comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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