Countdown to 5K! – #48 – Move Over, Darling (1963)

This is my 4973rd Review

Original Rating prediction – 7/10


“And you down there, stop that whispering. This is a court of law, not a public library. ” – Judge Bryson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – On the day of his remarriage, a man finds out that his missing wife, who he has declared dead returns home.

My Take on it – This is another film that knew nothing about before choosing it for this series.

I have always been a fan of both James Garner and Doris Day and as soon as I saw that they are in this film together, I was quite excited to see how it would turn out.

I was quite surprised that it was even better than I had imagined it could be

The chemistry between the two leads is great and they made their relationship seem so plausible as a long time married couple that it’s easy to believe much of what happens in the story.

They made a great choice casting the two of them together because it helps make this film so much more enjoyable.

The plot of the film is great and even after more than half a century, the story line is still plausible and could even be recreated and be relevant for a modern story and that helps make this even more interesting to watch.

This film has an aura of a screwball comedy which works really well in this setting.

They also manage to use that genre to its advantage and we get a lot of things alluded to along the way without the need to actually express things outright.

This is a film that I’m quite glad that I finally got the chance to see because it is so much fun and I can’t wait to see it again one day.

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that works on so many levels. Day and Garner have amazing chemistry and they are perfectly cast together in this film.  The story itself is a great one that is even pretty plausible even after more than 55 years and that helps keep things so interesting. They do a great job keeping this film feeling like a screwball comedy in the way that they allude to many things without the need to actually express them throughout. So glad that I finally saw this movie because it’s so much fun. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Doris Day proved what a trouper she truly was when James Garner accidentally cracked two of her ribs (during the massage scene, when he pulls her off of Polly Bergen). Garner wasn’t even aware that Day was injured until the next day, when he felt the bandage while putting his arms around her. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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5 thoughts on “Countdown to 5K! – #48 – Move Over, Darling (1963)

  1. I like this one too. Always a fan of Day and Garner. But an additional piece of trivia here – this movie was completely recast and restarted after Marilyn Monroe died. She was shooting a picture called “Something’s Gotta Give” (with dean martin in the James Garner part). Same plot. MM had been suspended a number of times for being late to the set by the studio – 20th Century Fox – and they threatened to fire her. her cast mates – Martin chief among them – said if Marilyn went – they’d go with her. She did return to filming, but shortly after- was found dead of a drug overdose. the production was hut down, some rewrites were done on the screenplay – the entire cast turned over – and it was made as “Move Over,Darling”.

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  2. Also – one of the scenes that Marilyn filmed – was a nude swim in the family pool (NOT done by Day…) in which she decided to REALLY swim in the nude. there is existing footage of that swim (demurely filmed back in the day) and photos taken by the on set photographer. Many ended up in Life magazine after Marilyn’s death.

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