Jack Lemmon and Betty Grable are paired in this musical re-make of Too Many Husbands which infuses the original story of a marital mix-up with the backstage action of a musical-comedy. Grable plays Julie Stewart, whose husband Marty (Lemmon), is reported killed in action. Shortly after the widow decides to marry Marty's best friend and partner, Vernon Lowndes (Gower Champion), husband number one shows up. While Julie tries to decide whether "happily ever after" will be with Marty or hubby number two, she takes up residence with both! The plot is further complicated by Julie's best friend Gwen (Marge Champion), who becomes both a romantic and professional rival. Will Julie choose Marty or Vernon, or will she lose the love of both through indecision? Newly remastered.
H.C.Potter boldly directs this musical remake of W. Somerset Maugham's play, TOO MANY HUSBANDS. The film begins as the notoriously leggy Betty Grable who stars as Julie Lowndes, frets because her husband has just returned safe and sound from World War II. Unfortunately prior to his return she remarried after receiving word that her husband had died in action. Suddenly she's got two spouses at home and a jealous best friend to deal with.This standard romantic musical comedy is enlivened by the on-screen sparks between married dance team Margaret and Gower Champion who portray Julie's friends Vernon Lowndes and Gwen Howard.The polyandrous plotline originally caused the film to be condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency. The dance numbers, choreographed by Arthur Arling, were shot in Cinemascope and are particularly stunning on a wide screen.
Love Triangle |
Theatrical Release |
World War II
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