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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.

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Lecturer Sheridan Whiteside slips on the ice on his way into the home of a prominent Ohio family. The local doctor says Whiteside must remain confined having broken his leg. He begins to meddle with the lives of everyone in the household and, once his plots are underway, learns there is nothing wrong with his leg. He bribes the doctor and resumes control of the household. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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24 January 1942 (USA)  »

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El hombre que vino a cenar  »

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Bette Davis desperately wanted John Barrymore to play Whiteside, but he couldn't remember lines. She always said later that she'd rather have acted with him reading from cue cards than with anyone else. See more »

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Nurse Preen said to Mr. Whiteside, "If Florence Nightingale had ever nursed YOU, Mr. Whiteside, she would have married Jack the Ripper instead of founding the Red Cross!" While Florence Nightingale is indisputably an early leader of nursing, Henri Dunant founded what became the International Red Cross. See more »

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Maggie Cutler: I've been skating for the first time in my life! I'm told I'm the only person to do a figure eight from the sitting position!
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Referenced in The Odd Couple: The Murray Who Came to Dinner (1973) See more »

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Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?
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Written and Performed by Jimmy Durante
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A grand comedy
12 September 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the great film comedies of all time. Monty Woolley is priceless as the uppity celebrity who comes to dinner and stays and stays, causing havoc to a socially upper-crust household. The rest of the cast is superb too. Don't miss this film. It is a gem and a joy.


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