Sunday, June 10, 2012

Move Over, Darling (1963) - Film Locations

Move Over, Darling (1963) is a remake of the unfinished Marilyn Monroe and Dean Martin film, Something's Got to Give (1962), which was a remake of the Cary Grant and Irene Dunne film, My Favorite Wife. With Something's Got to Give, Monroe was fired from the film and was to be replaced by actress Lee Remick; however, Dean Martin had final approval of his leading lady and refused to work with anyone other than Monroe. 20th Century Fox rehired Monroe, but tragically she died before the film was completed and the movie was abandoned. Fox, which was struggling financially, decided to reuse many of the sets that were built for Something's Got to Give and produced a new film that followed more closely the original story of My Favorite Wife, with Doris Day and James Garner starring. That film became Move Over, Darling.

Day and Garner do not disappoint in this silly screwball comedy.  In the film, Ellen Arden (Day) and Nicholas Arden (Garner) are a happy married couple with two infant daughters living in Los Angeles. While on a flight traveling over the South Pacific, their plane goes down. Garner survives the crash but Day's body cannot be found. Five years later Garner is ready to move on with his life and he remarries the young and attractive Bianca Steele (Polly Bergen). Amazingly, it turns out that Day had survived the flight and was living on an island with another man who survived the crash. Day is rescued by the Navy and brought back to Los Angeles where she learns that her husband has left for Monterey to go on a honeymoon with his new wife. Day goes to Monterey where she surprises Garner, who is shocked to see her alive. Garner has a predicament. Does he go back to his wife that he has not seen for five years and has gone on believing was dead? And how does he break the news to his new wife?

In the beginning of the film Garner and Bergen are seen driving from Los Angeles up the Pacific Coast Highway to Monterey. They are on their way to the fictional Monterey Inn hotel for their honeymoon. Along the way, they pass the landmark Mugu Rock, not too far from the city of Oxnard.

Garner and Bergen drive pass Mugu Rock.

Mugu Rock on the Pacific Coast Highway near Oxnard.

The fictional "Monterey Inn" where Garner goes for his honeymoon.

After Garner learns that his first wife is still alive, he thinks up an excuse to head back home to Los Angeles. Garner's home is located at the corner of Wyton Drive and S. Mapleton Drive in the posh Holmby Hills neighborhood. In the screen comparisons below, taken from different points in the film, show the entrance of the home and the house from different angles. It appears that the house seen in the film must have been demolished, as now a massive mansion stands where the modest sized home seen in the movie once stood.

Doris Day arrives at the home on Wyton Drive.

Looking down Wyton Drive from S. Mapleton Drive.

The home as seen in the film looking down Mapleton Dr.

Looking down S. Mapleton Dr. at the intersection of Wyton Dr.

Day walks up the driveway from the Wyton Drive entrance.

A huge mansion now stands at the corner of Wyton and Mapleton.

Later in the film Garner wants to find out who the man is that Day has spent the last five years with living on an island. He learns that the man is staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel, located at 9461 West Sunset Boulevard. Garner scouts out the hotel and then arranges to have lunch with Day by the hotel pool, where Day's companion of the last five years has been staying.

Garner spots the man at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool.

The pool as it appears today. (c)

Day and Garner have lunch by the hotel pool.

The pool as it looks now. Photo credit:

Day and Garner at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool.

When Day learns why Garner brought her to the Beverly Hills Hotel she storms out and drives off like a maniac. Garner runs to the valet, hitches a cab and follows after her. They drive through a car dealership in Santa Monica and then through a car wash at Pico Boulevard and S. Beverly Glen Boulevard.

Day races off from the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The Beverly Hills Hotel as it appears today.

Day and Garner drive through a Porsche dealership on
Wilshire Boulevard at East 20th St. in Santa Monica.

The car dealership is now the site of a Walgreens.
Looking down Wilshire at 20th St. Santa Monica.

The dealership side entrance on 20th Street. The 
Lighthouse Church steeple can be seen in background.

Looking down 20th Street. The Lighthouse Church
building can still be seen on the right.

Day drives pass a car wash on Pico Blvd at S. Beverly Glen.

The Car Wash is still in business nearly 5 decades later.

Day rounds the corner of Pico and Beverly Glen.
St. Timothy's Catholic Church is in the background.

The corner of Pico and S. Beverly Glen Blvd.

Garner follows Day passed an apartment building
behind the car wash.

The apartment building on S. Beverly Glen near Pico Blvd.

Move Over, Darling gets many added laughs from a hilarious supporting cast including Thelma Ritter, Fred Clark, Don Knotts, and Edgar Buchanan. The film has been released on DVD as both a stand alone disc and also as part of 20th Century Fox's 75th Anniversary Studio Classics quad sets. In the quad set the three other films included are, O. Henry's Full House, On The Riviera, and Rally 'Round The Flag, Boys!.


KK said...

Great post! Love all the comparison photo's! Thanks!

Melissa Clark said...

What a fun post! I love "Move Over, Darling" and enjoyed seeing the locations then and now. :)

Paul D. Marks said...

Ditto on the comparison before and after pix. And it's interesting to see how the top of the Mugu rock has rounded over the years. As for the house, I'll take the one in the movie rather than the McMansion that replaced it.

Jake Gariepy said...

I think I asked you to do this a few month's ago... How nice that you did! I love this movie and all the locations. I am sorry to see the house has been replaced by another oversized monstrosity... But still so fun to see the then and now.

Thank you!

Robby Cress said...


Thanks for the kind comment.


Glad you enjoyed the post!

Cafe Noir,

I agree. I would much rather have the home in the film than that McMansion. It's a shame that so many of the modest homes in that area have been destroyed, like Walt Disney's Holmby Hills house and Jimmy Stewart's home. And I owe you an email. I haven't forgotten!


You're welcome. It took me a little longer to get around to it but I finally did. Thanks for checking back.

Glennis said...

Hi, - great blog!! I love looking for film locations.

I just left a comment for you in your post about "In a Lonely Place."

Nickelpic said...

I just watched this movie last night on Netflix. I wondered how much has changed in the years since the movie was made (coincidentally, the same year I was born!)You've done all the work for me! Thanks. Love your blog.

ddaygirl7 said...

Thanks for the comparison pics and the info to go along with. So great to have all this info. Sad tho to know the old houses are gone. So much hollywood history is gone.


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