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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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Danny Kaye tested for the role of Banjo. See more »

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While ice skating, Bette Davis refers to Sonja Henie as Sonja "Hiney". See more »

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Nurse Preen: A penguin bit me!
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Spoofed in The Bird Who Came to Dinner (1961) See more »

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Silent Night, Holy Night
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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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