Movie Review: Move Over, Darling (1963)

Move Over, Darling

Confession: Until recently, I had never watched a Doris Day movie.

Now, that’s not to say I had anything against Doris Day! I just had never had the opportunity to watch one of her movies and had never given it much thought beyond that.

A couple of our patrons, Joan and her daughter, are big Doris Day fans. Not too long ago, I was helping them find some Doris Day movies when it came out that I had never watched one. They encouraged me to give one a try, and I thought in light of Day’s recent passing at the age of 97, it would make for a good opportunity for a movie review.

So, a big thank you to Joan and her daughter–I did enjoy the Doris Day movie I watched. ๐Ÿ™‚

The premise of Move Over, Darling is a simple one, though gloriously and hilariously convoluted in its execution.

Ellen (Doris Day) and Nicky (James Garner) are happily married, with two young daughters, when Ellen is tragically lost at sea in a plane crash.

Or so that’s what everyone thinks.

Five years after that fateful plane crash, Nicky has Ellen declared dead, so he can marry Bianca (Polly Bergen).

But Ellen was actually just stranded on a desert island all along. She is miraculously rescued and returned to the United States the very day that Nicky is having her declared dead, so he can remarry.

Needless to say, complications ensue.

I don’t want to spoil anymore of the plot because a big part of the fun is watching the zaniness ensue, but the cast is truly what makes the movie enjoyable. Day and Garner are both charming and have great comedic timing, and Bergen makes for a superb unwitting antagonist. There are also excellent supporting turns from Thelma Ritter, Chuck Connors, and Don Knots.

This movie is actually a remake of a Cary Grant and Irene Dunne movie, which is referenced in Move Over, Darling. Interestingly enough, I discovered the 1960s remake was originally titled Something’s Gotta Give and supposed to feature Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Cyd Charisse as the stars of the complicated love triangle, but plans for that were shelved after Monroe’s untimely death in 1962.

If you like classic Hollywood comedies from the 1960s or are just looking for a fun, breezy way to spend a couple of hours, definitely give Move Over, Darling a try.

I’m already looking forward to watching another Doris Day movie myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you a Doris Day fan? What’s your favorite classic Hollywood comedy from the 1960s? What other movies should I watch? Tell me in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog to learn more about the movie or to place it on hold.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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6 thoughts on “Movie Review: Move Over, Darling (1963)”

  1. Your friends picked a great Doris Day movie for you. I haven’t seen all her films, but any of her seven Rock Hudson, James Garner, or Rod Taylor movies are good (except maybe Do Not Disturb). Another good one is Please Don’t Eat the Daisies co-starring David Niven. If I had to pick one, I like The Glass Bottom Boat from 1966. It has so many zany supporting characters, and there are lots of crazy things happening in the background that you can catch if you’re observant.


  2. Move Over, Darling is my very favorite Doris Day movie! I think it’s the first I ever watched. My other favs: The Thrill of It All, also starring James Garner; Lover, Come Back with Rock Hudson; and That Touch of Mink with Cary Grant. I hope you enjoy working your way through her films!!

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  3. Fun blog! It Happened to Jane (1959) is an earlier Doris Day and Jack Lemmon outing that is also a lot of fun and worth a viewing. Your cinema buff followers might also be interested to know that clips of Marilyn Monroe in Somethingโ€™s Got to Give are on YouTube. You can catch my Queen of the Lot blog at: Thanks!

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