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The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)

G  |   |  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 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 <>

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Warner Bros. Happiest Hit. (Lobby cards). See more »


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24 January 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre que vino a cenar  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Frank Coghlan Jr. (Telegraph Boy) and Vera Lewis are in studio records/casting call lists for this movie, but they did not appear or were not identifiable. See more »


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 »


Sheridan Whiteside: Strange? She's right out of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
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one of the best movies of all time
15 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie never fails to lift my spirits, giving me so many laughs I have lost count. Everyone in this movie is absolutely delightful! There are never enough good things to say about Monty Wooley, & Bette Davis is great, as always. Good to see her comedic side. I believe this is one of the very best comedies I have ever seen - - actually probably the best. I was so happy to find it out on DVD. If you are a lover of good comedy, this is a do not miss! Even the lesser known players are superb. Too bad Hollywood does not make this kind of movie anymore. Ann Sheridan is the perfect glamour girl, Reginald Gardiner is one of a kind, & Jimmy Durante is so funny. I read this was Mary Wickes's first film. She is a gem! I certainly miss all of these stars.

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