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Director:
Writers:
Julius J. Epstein (screen play) and
Philip G. Epstein (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
24 January 1942 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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An evergreen classic of comedic brilliance... See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Maggie Cutler

Ann Sheridan ... Lorraine Sheldon
Monty Woolley ... Sheridan Whiteside
Richard Travis ... Bert Jefferson

Jimmy Durante ... Banjo

Billie Burke ... Mrs. Ernest Stanley
Reginald Gardiner ... Beverly Carlton
Elisabeth Fraser ... June Stanley

Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Ernest Stanley
George Barbier ... Dr. Bradley

Mary Wickes ... Miss Preen
Russell Arms ... Richard Stanley
Ruth Vivian ... Harriet
Edwin Stanley ... John
Betty Roadman ... Sarah
Charles Drake ... Sandy
Nanette Vallon ... Cosette
John Ridgely ... Radio Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Michaelson (uncredited)
Leah Baird ... Fan at Train Station (uncredited)
Leslie Brooks ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Gertrude Carr ... Small Part (uncredited)
Georgia Carroll ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Guard (uncredited)
Laura Hope Crews ... Fan (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Porter at Train Station (uncredited)
Peggy Diggins ... Hollywood Blonde (uncredited)
Roland Drew ... Reporter (uncredited)
Inez Gay ... Small Part (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Herbert Gunn ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Radio Man (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Announcer (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Detective (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Expressman (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Harry (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Haggerty (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Joe - Expressman (uncredited)
Alix Talton ... Chorine (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Freddie - Vendor (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Fan at Train Station (uncredited)

Gig Young ... Bit Part (uncredited)
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Directed by
William Keighley 
 
Writing credits
Julius J. Epstein (screen play) and
Philip G. Epstein (screen play)

George S. Kaufman (from the stage play by) and
Moss Hart (from the stage play by)

Produced by
Jack Saper .... associate producer
Jerry Wald .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Jack L. Warner .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender (music by) (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
 
Other crew
Sam Harris .... producer: stage play (as Sam H. Harris)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #7628)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The poem that Whiteside quotes with the line "Harriet Stanley took an ax and gave her mother 40 whacks" was actually written about the real Elizabeth "Lizzie" Borden who was tried but acquitted of the hatchet murders of her mother and father in Falls River, Massachusetts in 1892.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Banjo:[to Nurse Preen] I can feel the hot blood pounding through your varicose veins.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?See more »

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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
An evergreen classic of comedic brilliance..., 8 December 2005
Author: jackdaw88 from Woy Woy, NSW Australia

This movie is still as funny every time I see it as it was the very first time. The characters are all very solidly defined and the storyline even today has a spark of brilliance to it. The viewer is swept along throughout the entire length of the film, the dialogue mostly sharp, witty and fast paced. The dizzying speed of the succession of events in no way detracts from the film, rather adding to a sense of panic in empathy for the poor family hosting the eponymous gentleman, whilst at the same time inspiring an almost malicious anticipation to see what he will inflict upon them next. A true classic with wonderful energy and more than a few surprises, this is one to buy on DVD (if available) so you can watch and enjoy it again and again.

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