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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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The character of Lorraine Sheldon was based on Gertrude Lawrence, and the character of Beverly Carlton was based on Noël Coward. See more »

Goofs

Among the celebrity gifts Whiteside receives is a mummy case from the "Khedive of Egypt." There was no Khedive of Egypt after 1914, when the Ottoman Empire joined the German alliance in World War I, and opponent Great Britain seized control of Egypt. The play on which the movie is based debuted in 1939, and references events of that 25-year-later period. It is just possible that the reference is to the last man to hold the title, who retired to Switzerland and died in 1944. See more »

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Richard Stanley: I had to go to three different stores.
Sheridan Whiteside: How did you travel? By ox cart?
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Spoofed in The Bird Who Came to Dinner (1961) 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 Christmas Classic with Wit!
23 December 2002 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

This witty and wonderful Christmas classic has been neglected in recent years, but thanks to Turner Classic Movies it is once again being introduced to grateful audiences. Monty Woolley is fabulous as the brilliant writer and radio star, the curmudgeonly Sheridan (Sherry) Whiteside. Bette Davis is low key and perfect as his savvy personal secretary, Maggie Cutler, and Ann Sheridan is at her very, very best as the beautifully selfish and completely hilarious theatre star, Lorraine Sheldon. Reginald Gardiner,the fabulous English comedic actor and Jimmy Durante both sparkle in their brief but pivotal cameos. There are more classic one-liners in this script than you can count, but you'll enjoy trying!


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