Too Many Husbands (1940)

Film Review


Release Date: 21 March, 1940

Studio: Columbia

Director: Wesley Ruggles

Starring: Jean Arthur, Fred MacMurray, Melvyn Douglas

Related Discussion Topic: Jean Arthur

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One year after the supposed drowning death of her first husband (MacMurray), and six months after Arthur has married his friend and partner (Douglas), MacMurray returns. He was marooned on an uninhabited island. Now, Arthur has two husbands. They are arguing over her. Which one does she want? Separately, neither gave her as much attention as she is getting from each of them now. She cannot choose between them because she prefers having them competing for her. A judge says that she is married to MacMurray, the first husband, but Douglas does not want to give her up. Arthur is delighted to have them squabble over her. In the end, she continues to encourage both.


This lightweight film is silly, but fun. The plot and dialogue were written to display Jean Arthur's comic abilities. She is a wonderful comedienne. MacMurray and Douglas, experts in light comedy, complement her.