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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
Nothing could be funnier! (Posters). See more »
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:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(17 articles)
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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)

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  (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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #7628)

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Trivia:
Late in December 1941, the film's world premiere was hosted by the Capitol Theatre in Paragould, Arkansas - the home town of star Richard Travis (aka Bill Justice), who had been one of the theater's employees.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At one point in the film, Maggie Cutler goes to the window and comments on the snow falling outside. The falling snow is clearly visible outside the window. Then the camera goes to a medium shot, with all the windows visible, but from this angle, no snow is seen to be falling whatsoever.See more »
Quotes:
Sheridan Whiteside:How long can you stay?
Banjo:Just long enough to take a bath.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?See more »

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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Pretty funny, 25 April 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

The Man Who Came to Dinner is a little uneven, but it's mostly entertaining. The unevenness comes mainly from the dullness of the budding relationship which the film holds in focus. The original play is very well written, especially the dialogue. It was actually performed at my high school when I was there. But its the cast here that excels. Monty Woolley is great in the titular role. He plays Sheridan Whiteside to absolute perfection. Bette Davis is quite good as his secretary, but the role is actually somewhat below her standards. I'm sure she took the role because she loved the play so much and was sure it'd be a hit, but that role is pretty dull. Ann Sheridan perhaps gives the film's most memorable performance as an egotistical Hollywood diva who's not sure whether she wants to marry British nobility for money or just chase around cute guys. Also noteworthy are Billie Burke as Mrs. Stanley, the Ohio society woman who invites Whiteside to dinner, Reginald Gardiner as an eloquent celebrity friend of Whiteside (far underused), and the incredibly insane Jimmy Durante as Banjo. He comes into the film very late, but he very nearly steals the show. 8/10.

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