Effervescent but never silly, convincing in her emotional range, Doris Day stars as a woman long believed to be dead—but not—in Michael Gordon’s Move Over, Darling (1963). James Garner co-stars as her well-to-do husband newly married to Polly Bergen. Day is not expected to carry the film by herself, as she so often does; Garner and others are sapidly talented, forcefully comic.
Though only mildly funny, Darling is a comedy of recognizable emotions. Cardboard characters, yes, but recognizable emotions. In addition, it is charming and involving—with a great woman-subjected-to-a-car-wash sequence.