March 1940: Too Many Husbands

Too Many Husbands. Wesley Ruggles. 1940.

Hm… Did I see this before? I didn’t think so… Is it part of a box set I’ve bought some years ago?

*time passes while I rummage through the bookcase*

I dud have it! On “Icons of Screwball Comedy Volume One”. Well, this isn’t a very good track record for this blog series so far: I’ve seen 66% of the films previously.

Anyway, it’s a very high concept movie. A man was lost, presumed dead, and his wife remarried. Then he returns, and now she’s married to two people. Hilarity ensues.

There’s a lot of lines like “She’s our wife!” and people doing double takes. It’s fun! I, like, lol-ed out loud at bits. It dances around all the awkward bits and ends up being very modern.

But this isn’t exactly a masterpiece. I think it aims for madcap insanity, but it only achieves slightly bizarre quirkiness.

But it’s a great premise and they soldier through admirably. It’s from a veteran director, Wesley Ruggles, who’d made films from 1917 on.

Popular movies in March 1940 according to IMDB:

sc-tt0032420.jpg2207.4Drums of Fu Manchu
sc-tt0032993.jpg30047.1Road to Singapore
sc-tt0032651.jpg7897.0Johnny Apollo
sc-tt0032946.jpg9447.0Primrose Path
sc-tt0033105.jpg15816.9Strange Cargo
sc-tt0033226.jpg15986.8Virginia City
sc-tt0032644.jpg3746.7It’s a Date
sc-tt0032609.jpg2936.5The House Across the Bay
sc-tt0033174.jpg9466.5Too Many Husbands

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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