My Favorite Wife

1940 film by Garson Kanin / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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My Favorite Wife (released in the U.K. as My Favourite Wife) is a 1940 screwball comedy produced by Leo McCarey and directed by Garson Kanin. The picture stars Irene Dunne as a woman who, after being shipwrecked on a tropical island for several years and declared legally dead, returns to her [former] husband (Cary Grant) and children. The story is an adaptation of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's 1864 poem, "Enoch Arden"; in tribute, the main characters' last name is Arden. The supporting cast features Gail Patrick as the woman Arden has just married when his first wife returns, and Randolph Scott as the man with whom his wife was marooned. My Favorite Wife was RKO's second-biggest hit of 1940.

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My Favorite Wife
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGarson Kanin
Screenplay bySamuel and Bella Spewack
Story byLeo McCarey
Samuel and Bella Spewack
Produced byLeo McCarey
StarringIrene Dunne
Cary Grant
Randolph Scott
Gail Patrick
CinematographyRudolph Maté
Edited byRobert Wise
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures (US)
Mist Entertainment (UK)
Release date
  • May 17, 1940 (1940-05-17)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,057,000[1]