Wine and Cinema: “My Favourite Wife”, starring Cary Grant

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Another recent Saturday morning treat on BBC2 was an obscure Cary Grant screwball comedy. 

In My Favorite Wife, Grant’s character is about to remarry after his first wife is declared dead. It turns out that she was marooned and now returns home. It’s good fun.

The film was remade in 1962 as Something’s Got to Give with Marilyn Monroe but she died before the film was completed. There are still photos of what would have been the first Hollywood motion picture release of the sound era to feature a mainstream star in the nude. Marilyn nude! Swoon…

In 1963 it was remade as Move Over, Darling, starring Doris Day and James Garner. 

There is a scene where Grant, on his honeymoon, is sent a bottle of Mumm 1921 from somebody claiming to be a friend and who knows that it’s his favourite. It’s sent by his now returned first wife, of course.

This is a famously good Champagne vintage, with Pol Roger considered to be the best of them from that year. I’ve never seen any but this wine has a legendary reputation.

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