My Favorite Wife

Synopsis: Ellen Arden arrives 7 years after being given up for dead in a shipwreck, to find her husband Nick just remarried to Bianca. The overjoyed Nick awkwardly tries to break the news gently to Bianca. But before he can do that, an unpleasant surprise--news that Ellen has spent the 7 years on a deserted island with fellow-survivor Burkett. Nick's jealousy tries to find out the truth. Hilarious confusion reigns before Nick chooses his favorite wife.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Garson Kanin
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

No, but you've had

one postponement already.

All right.

All right.

The case is postponed till next Thursday.

- Now, that'll be the 26th.

- Thank you, Your Honor.

- Be here.

- Thank you, Your Honor.

Are the parties ready

in the matter of Ellen Arden?

Yes, here.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

- It'll be very kind of you...

- Just a moment.

- Wasn't I supposed to marry somebody?

- Why, yes. Yes, Your Honor.

Well, let's get it over with.

This can wait.

This is a very complicated case,

this Arden matter.

- Yes, but, Your Honor...

- Yes, it's very complicated.

- If Your Honor please...

- Your Honor.

Wait a minute. What?

- Says what?

- She's dead.

What's that?

Who's dead?

Oh, that's sad. That's very sad.

If Your Honor please...

- You're Arden?

- Yes.

That's what I thought.

Well, Mr. Arden, as I understand it,

your wife, Ellen Wagstaff Arden...

...was a member of

an anthropological expedition...

- ...shipwrecked off the coast of lndochina.

- Yes, Your Honor.

Now, what was she doing on an expedition?

Mother of two infant children.

You'll find the circumstances in my brief.

"Said Ellen Wagstaff Arden was engaged as

a photographer for a three-month period."

You see, in the first place,

we were gonna take the trip together...

...but I got involved in a case and couldn't

leave. We talked it over, and she decided... travel alone. She needed a change.

- Tough time with the children, teething...

- Just the facts. Never mind teething.

- Yes.

- You're a lawyer. Stick to the facts.

Yes, Your Honor.

They're in my brief, sir.

- Well, let me read it. Stop interrupting.

- Yes, Your Honor.

When did you say the ship went down?

Page seven, in September the 3rd, 1 932.

It's page seven, here.

Never mind, never mind. I'll find it.

- No, sir. Page seven. This is page four.

- I know it's four. I know that.

Oh, here it is. Page seven.


"Last seen entering

one of the lifeboats when..."

I can't see. "When a wave..."

Oh, that's very sad. Very sad.

What the...? Hey. Young woman.

What do you think you're doing?

Put that confounded mirror away.

- Do you want to blind me?

- I'm very sorry.

Ought to wash her face instead of paint it.

You know there's such a thing

as contempt of court, don't you?

Don't let me get after you.

- Now, where was I?

- Page seven, the shipwreck.

What efforts did you make

to trace your wife?

Page eight. I went to Bangkok

and interviewed all available survivors...

...who agreed that

Ellen Wagstaff Arden had been...

"Swept overboard before aid

could reach her. Deposition..."


- Yes, but I can explain...

- There's nothing to explain.

Nothing to explain at all.

Testimony's here. Sworn affidavits.

No evidence to the contrary.

The law is clear.

I hereby pronounce Ellen Wagstaff Arden

legally dead.

Wasn't I supposed to marry somebody?

- Yes, sir. Us.

- What? What's that?

- Are you gonna get married again?

- Yes, Your Honor.

Are you sure you've had time

to think it over?

- Your honor, Mr. Arden is over 21 .

- Not now, Bianca.

All right. Hold hands.

"We're here in the presence of witnesses

to join in matrimony this man and woman...

...according to the powers vested in me

by the laws of the state..."

- Is this it?

- Yeah.

Thanks for the lift.

- What are you crying about, sister?

- This is my house. I live here.

- So what? ls that bad?

- No.


- Watch me do a swan dive!

- I can do it better than you!

- Watch me this time!

- You're not supposed to run.

Last one in is a jerk

on this Greenline Express!

- Watch me.

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