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Release Date:
24 January 1942 (USA) See more »
Nothing could be funnier! (Posters). See more »
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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User Reviews:
A Christmas Classic with Wit! See more (72 total) »


  (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)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:TV-G (TV Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #7628)

Did You Know?

Charles Laughton and Orson Welles, who wanted to direct the film, campaigned for the role of Sheridan Whiteside.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Beverly Carlton:I have very little time, and so the conversation will be entirely about me and I shall love it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Did You Ever Have the Feeling That You Wanted to Go?See more »


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21 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A Christmas Classic with Wit!, 23 December 2002
Author: NativeTexan from Georgia

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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