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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 January 1942 (USA)
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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 Dr. 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. The owner discovers the fraud, but Whiteside blackmails him (he finds out that the owner's sister is an axe murderer) and resumes control. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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24 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre que vino a cenar  »

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Trivia

The poem Whiteside recites ("Harriet Stanley took an ax; gave her father forty whacks...") is - but for the name - the same as the rhyme about Lizzie Borden, who was accused of killing her father and step-mother...with an ax. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Whiteside is having his conversation with June, each time the camera angle changes, Whiteside alternates his position from sitting back in his chair to leaning forward. See more »

Quotes

Lorraine Sheldon: Who does your hair, Maggie?
Maggie Cutler: A little French woman named Maggie Cutler comes in every morning.
Lorraine Sheldon: You know, your hair could be so lovely. I've always wanted to get my hands on it.
Maggie Cutler: I've always wanted to get my hands on yours, Lorraine.
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Referenced in The Facts of Life: The Lady Who Came to Dinner (1986) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung by a boys' choir
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Successful transition from stage to screen
12 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Watching this fantastic black and white flick was a real treat. I played Maggie in the play version by Kaufmann and Hart, and I was among a very competent cast of actors. Yet the performers in this film are so versatile and polished it seems almost an entirely different story. I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys the wit and sarcasm that so classified the 1940's cinema era. Woolsey, as Whiteside is bitingly on target as the sharp-tongued radio personality, and Bette Davis, I must say, certainly does the role of the starry-eyed secretary justice. Four stars!


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