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Movies: “Move Over, Darling”

May 22, 1963 - Thelma Ritter (pictured right in 1959) will appear in a principal role in “Move Over, Darling,” now in production at 20th Century-Fox. The comedy, with Doris Day, James Garner, and Polly Bergen, is a remake of a 1940 screwball comedy film, “My Favorite Wife,” with Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, and Gail Patrick. In between these movies, an unfinished version, entitled “Something’s Got To Give,” began shooting in 1962, directed by George Cukor and starring the late Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, and Cyd Charisse. Miss Monroe was fired early in the original production cycle following repeated absences on filming days, ultimately appearing in only about 30 minutes of usable film. At first, it was announced that Lee Remick would step into Miss Monroe's place. Although some press pictures were released, Mr. Martin balked at working with anyone but Miss Monroe. Miss Monroe was rehired but died before she could resume filming, leaving the original version incomplete. The supporting cast of “Move Over, Darling” includes Fred Clark, Don Knotts, Chuck Connors, and Edgar Buchanan. Miss Ritter had played the same role in “Something’s Got To Give.”


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